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Mark Collins – The Wehrmacht, the Eastern Front, Hitler and the General Staff

31 Aug

Two books by WW II German officers that are well worth the read: 1) A German General on the Eastern Front: The Letters and Diaries of Gotthard Heinrici 1941-1942 Gritty, gruesome and the best thing…

Source: Mark Collins – The Wehrmacht, the Eastern Front, Hitler and the General Staff

Mark Collins – “The end of peacekeeping, and what comes next for Canada’s soldiers”

29 Aug

Further to this post and “Comments”, UN Peace Support Operations: Canada’s Back! (into Africa and…) the conclusion of a Globe and Mail editorial: … “Canada is back,” the governmen…

Source: Mark Collins – “The end of peacekeeping, and what comes next for Canada’s soldiers”

Mark Collins – World Needs More 1980s Canada, UK High Commission Views

24 Aug

Who needs Wikileaks anyway? One fears there is too much truth in this British diplomatic reporting for a lot of Canadians to acknowledge. One point: I was in External Affairs (the good old name, st…

Source: Mark Collins – World Needs More 1980s Canada, UK High Commission Views

Mark Collins – CIA Releases President’s Daily Briefs for Nixon and Ford (with Canada)

24 Aug

‘Twould be nice if the Canadian government released, also suitably sanitized, our high-level intelligence assessments from decades ago. The PDB items related to Canada are here. A tweet: Have…

Source: Mark Collins – CIA Releases President’s Daily Briefs for Nixon and Ford (with Canada)

Mark Collins – Turkey Through the Magnificent Mirror of the Sublime Erdogan

9 Aug

Further to these posts, Turkey, or, Failed Coup in the Land of the Sublime Erdogan the Magnificent Julian Lindley-French – Two Coups Turkey the start and end of a piece at the London Review of Book…

Source: Mark Collins – Turkey Through the Magnificent Mirror of the Sublime Erdogan

Mark Collins – UK Internal Diplomacy Pre-Iraq Invasion 2003

3 Aug

A delightful post by erstwhile British ambassador Charles Crawford on inside bureaucratic workings (and the communications technology and procedures of that time long ago): Iraq: FCO Slapstick H/t …

Source: Mark Collins – UK Internal Diplomacy Pre-Iraq Invasion 2003

Mark Collins – “How the Brexit vote could lead to a united Ireland”

21 Jul

Terry Glavin muses on what may be a great irony (Mr Glavin is proudly of southern Irish descent but in no way anti-British): …This year in Ireland, everything was supposed to be about history…

Source: Mark Collins – “How the Brexit vote could lead to a united Ireland”

Mark Collins – Chilcot Report: Iraq, Saddam and Tony and George

7 Jul

Erstwhile UK ambassador Charles Crawford writes a very interesting post on the conduct of diplomacy at the highest level between a little brother and a big brother (trying to play Athens to Rome on…

Source: Mark Collins – Chilcot Report: Iraq, Saddam and Tony and George

Mark Collins – BREXIT, or, The English Didn’t Like the EU Golf Club

5 Jul

An excerpt from an interview with a very colourful Conservative MP (who is really speaking about England, not Britain, in terms of current views): Rory Stewart says Britain must make the best of Br…

Source: Mark Collins – BREXIT, or, The English Didn’t Like the EU Golf Club