Foreign Policy

Obama would be wise to reconsider course on Syria

Published Sep. 3, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record

The late Robert McNamara, who was secretary of defence under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson — in the days of the Vietnam War — learned a lot about the statecraft of warfare. Among the 11 most important lessons he said he learned was this: be prepared to re-examine your reasoning.

New hopes for Mideast peace

Published Aug. 12, 2013, in The Guelph Mercury

It has frequently been noted that nobody has ever lost money betting against Middle East peace, which has probably led to it becoming a Holy Grail within the diplomatic community. Without wanting to express an abundance of optimism about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's quest, there are some new factors that provide a changing context for the process.