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Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander’s fantasy Cold War

The immigration minister seems to think of Russia as a sort of boogeyman threatening world peace and security. He’s wrong.


The West’s war with ISIS, or how to dress an open fracture

Degrading ISIS won’t end the violence the Middle East. A more fundamental change is required.


Nigeria’s political cynicism is making its problems worse

Why has Boko Haram been able to spread so easily through Nigeria? The answer lies partly in military incompetence, but mostly in political cynicism.


Who Knows What Evils Lurk in the Shadows?

The story of the powerful spy agency most Canadians still don’t know, and the security bill that would expand its resources and reach.


Development Finance: Enter the Private Sector

Making poverty history by 2030 will require massive increases in private investment, not just public aid, argues Brett House.


Abe’s Blue Beret

On Japan, its peace constitution, and how the country could take a leading role at the United Nations. By Patrick Quinton-Brown.

  • Living (and staying) in Iran

    A female reporter’s reflections on her life Iran: “I’ve chosen the harder path. Which means: not running off to another world as soon as life gets tough. It means staying in your own country and engaging in its discourse… I stay because, as my mother never stopped repeating, I am my own woman, but also my own man.” From Guernica.

  • Who is Xi Jinping?

    Xi Jinping is one of the most important leaders in the world – perhaps the most important. But what kind of leader is he? This New Yorker profile paints the picture of a man who is both a reformer and authoritarian, struggling to save his party while developing his country at a key juncture in its modern history.

  • The new arms race

    It’s no longer how many nuclear weapons you have, it’s how innovative the weapons you do have are. The U.S. and others are upgrading lower yield weapons to make them more accurate. Not only is this process extremely expensive, but the increased accuracy might make it more tempting to actually use them. From Foreign Policy.

  • The Great Wall of India

    When it is completed, the border fence between India and Bangladesh will stretch 2,545 miles, making it the world’s longest. And yet, in many ways the border it stands on is an imaginary one. Goods and people continue to pass through. More real are the stories of those people, “inscribed on a fiction, the one that no nation-state can live without.” From n + 1.

  • In defence of submarines

    Canada’s fleet of submarines, bought second hand from the British Navy, are an expensive albatross. Or so the story goes. But is there any truth to that narrative, asks Nathan M. Greenfield. He defends the vessels here, arguing that it is the public’s lack of “sea consciousness” that is the real problem. From The Walrus.

  • The Fourth Reich?

    Comparisons to Nazi Germany usually signal the loss of an argument (see Goodwin’s law), but here Spiegel takes the idea of Germany’s “Fourth Reich” head on. Yes, Germany dominates the euro zone, but it remains a foreign policy dwarf. Nonetheless, a little less hubris from Berlin could go a long way in dispelling fears elsewhere in Europe.

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