Category World Affairs

The Banana Republic

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister was at the United Nations this week, demanding an apology from Canada. He feels Canada has treated his country like a “banana republic.” The dispute has been ongoing for a couple of months now – a textbook example of why Twitter shouldn’t be used for foreign policy. Canada’s foreign minister tweeted […]

Talking Trade

When you get thrown under the bus, your first priority is to avoid the wheels. Once you have done that, you figure out your next move. These days Canada’s Prime Minister is doing his best to not get hit by the wheels. Last Monday the US and Mexico announced a trade deal to replace NAFTA, […]

The View From Abroad

German class. Seventeen students from 14 different countries. Apparently, there is one that most of us have in common, aside from our inability to communicate in German. I don’t know how we got on to the topic, but it seems most of the class is thoroughly convinced that Donald Trump is an idiot. From that […]

A Special Place in Hell

He’s recanted and repented, but it seems a bit forced and not particularly heartfelt. Memo to the US government: you might want to make sure your messaging is a little less emotionally charged. That might save you some worldwide embarrassment. The recent trade spat between the US and Canada has me wondering about the theological […]

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

The big news today is that Donald Trump has signed a document committing himself and the US to an ongoing de-nuclearization and peace process in Korea. Of course, the last time President Trump signed an international statement was last weekend – an agreement he repudiated within two hours. Makes you wonder what his signature is […]

The Biggest Prize

After a week of reflections on the trail above St. Ulrich, I’m ready for a break. We’ll return to the trail in a few days, but I have a few other things on my mind that I want to share. Barrack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize when he had been the American president for […]

Trumpocracy

If you want to read a thoughtful analysis of the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, then this is the book to choose, not Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. There’s no gossip here, no anonymous musings such as Wolff gave us. David Frum, who has a set of solid Republican credentials, answers the question Hillary […]