.Brian Beedham, foreign editor of The Economist for a quarter of a century, died this week, aged 87 F or nearly all the 25 years leading up to the collapse of communism in 1989, two intellects dominated the pages of The Econ- omist. They were Norman Macrae, as dep- uty editor, and Brian Beedham, as foreign editor. Their marks were influential, endur- ing-and quite different. Norman, who died in 2010, relished iconoclasm, and orig- inal ideas sprang like a fountain from his ef- fervescent mind. Brian, bearded, tweed- jacketed and pipe-smoking (or pipe-pok- ing), held ideas that were more considered. It was he who provided the paper’s atti- tude to the post-war world. In that world, nothing was as important as seeing off communism, which in turn could be achieved only by the unyielding exercise of American strength. This view was not in itself unusual. What made it re- markable, and formidable, were the clarity, elegance and intellectual power with which it was propounded. No issue demanded the exercise of these qualities more than the Vietnam war, and probably none caused Brian more an- guish. A man of great kindness, and with- out a hint of vanity or pretension, he was far from being either a heartless ideologue or a primitive anti-communist (though he never visited either Russia or Vietnam to put his opinions to the test). But his unwa- vering defence of American policy drew criticism from both colleagues and readers. Why did he persist in pounding such a lonely trail, even after it had become clear that the American venture in South-East Asia was doomed? The short answer was conviction. His anti-communism was born of a love affair with America. As a young man, at Leeds Grammar School and Oxford, his politics had been leftish. They might have stayed that way. But in 1955 ambition bore him from the Yorkshire Post to The Economist where, after a few months, he won a Commonwealth Fund fellowship and with it a year study- ing local politics in the South and the West of the United States. In America Brian dis- covered a national ideology based on indi- vidualism, bottom-up democracy and an active belief in liberty that meant pro- blems could be solved at home and na- tions could be freed abroad. This was ex- actly in tune with his own emerging ideas. The dispassionate romantic Coming from drab, class-ridden, 1950s Brit- ain, Brian might have stayed. But he felt in- dubitably British. The Suez crisis was be- ginning just as he left for America in August 1956; he so strongly backed the in- vasion of Egypt that he volunteered his ser- vice to the British military attache in Wash- ington, ready even to give up his new American adventure to fight for this hopeless cause. And though he later became enthusiastic about direct democracy (an en- thusiasm, like that for homeopathic pills, which was fostered by his links with Swit- zerland through Barbara, his wife), he was a monarchist to the end. Suspicious of intellectuals, Brian rel- ished exposing the soft, less-than-rigorous- ly-thought-out (he was fond of hyphens) orthodoxies of the liberal left. As foreign editor, he liked to draw unsparing compar- isons between the Soviet Union and the Nationalist regime in South Africa: to deny freedom on the basis of ideological convic- tions, he argued, was no less objectionable than denying it on the basis of colour. It was no doubt Brian’s command of words that helped to make him our Washington correspondent in 1958 and then, in 1963, foreign editor. In this role he wrote leaders on all manner of topics, often argu- ing a difficult case: for nuclear weapons, say; for supporting Israel (another of his unshakable causes) when sentiment was running otherwise; or indeed for the do- mino theory itself, which was never so ringingly defended. Brian was equally skilled as a sub-edi- tor. Articles that arrived on his desk with no clear beginning, end or theme were turned, apparently effortlessly, into some- thing perfectly sharp and coherent. More annoyingly for authors, articles that were perfectly coherent were sometimes turned with a few tweaks, deft as a paw-dab from one of his beloved cats, into pieces that said something quite different from what had been intended. A statement of fact might be qualified by “it is said” or the American invasion of Cambodia would become a “counter-attack”. These intrusions could be difficult to square with The Economist's tradition of open-mindedness; especially as Brian’s own mind was more contradictory than it seemed. His favourite conversation-part- ners were men like Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Richard Perle, hawkish intervention- ists; but he also had an acquaintance, al- most friendship, with at least one kgb man at the Soviet embassy in the 1980s. Away from work, the world he was analysing weekly was kept at bay. He did not own a television set, and found the best use of computers was to listen to American civil-war songs. Some of his pieces were pounded out on an ancient Ol- ivetti in a turret of Barbara’s family castle in the Alps, surrounded by peaks and clouds. Deep down he was a romantic, capable of great human feeling, whose head con- stantly seemed to remind him to keep a rein on his heart. He wrote sympathetical- ly and perceptively about Islam, and mov- ingly about refugees-especially boat peo- ple, and especially if they were Vietnam- ese. They were making his point for him....The Economist May l6th 2015

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Friday, August 24, 2018

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Kennan Institute | Wilson Center
David Jacobson (left) was the United States Ambassador to Canada 2009-13 and is now the Vice-Chairman of the BMO Financial Group. Gary Doer (right) was the Canadian Ambassador to the United States 2009-16 and is now Senior Advisor to the Dentons Law Firm.

Director's Desk Update

U.S. Canada Relationship at the Crossroads

Commentary by David Jacobson and Gary Doer, Advisory Co-Chairs of the Canada Institute at The Wilson Center

This summer we have seen the imposition of billions of dollars in tariffs by the United States on Canadian steel and aluminum and billions in reciprocal tariffs by Canada on steel, aluminum, whiskey, yogurt, and other products.And with the recent announcement that Canada will further retaliate in the United States follows through on its threat to impose 25-percent tariffs on the automotive sector, it seems that escalation is imminent.
All this takes place while the cornerstone of our economic relationship, NAFTA, is at risk – an outcome that would have been inconceivable even a few years ago. While we are not yet in a full-on trade dispute, there does seem to be a gathering storm. And these disputes are much easier to lose than to win.

For several years as the Ambassadors from opposite sides of the 49th parallel, we were responsible for maintaining and enhancing a relationship which most people believe is unlike any other in the world – a relationship that served the economic, political, and moral interests of both countries. If there was one word that summed up that relationship it was “respect.” Respect for each other’s leaders, citizens, and values. We didn’t act this way out of generosity, we did it because it benefited both countries.

There has been a lot of loose talk surrounding the trading relationship between the United States and Canada. Here are a few facts to keep in mind. Canada and the United States enjoy the largest bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world. Every day, about 400,000 people and more than $1.7 billion in goods and services move back and forth across our border. That’s more than $1 million a minute and it’s balanced in both directions.

Read more about what is at stake in the U.S.-Canada relationship here.

Canada Institute Events

  • On September 7, we will host a strategic policy dialogue Over the Horizon: A New Era for Canada-U.S. Space Cooperation? to discuss how the governments and industries of Canada and the United States can join forces to develop a comprehensive policy that will strengthen the countries’ presence in outer space at a time when the Trump Administration continues to move forward with an ambitious space agenda. We are excited to welcome experts, policymakers, and members of the private sector from Canada and the U.S., including NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, President of the Canadian Space Agency, Sylvain Laporte, and Executive Director of the U.S. National Space Council Dr. Scott Pace. This dialogue aims to identify and evaluate areas of opportunity that strengthen the leadership of both countries in the new space era as the region grapples with mitigating the world’s increasing presence in space. RSVP here to attend the event or watch the live webcast to learn more about the future of Canada-U.S. cooperation in space.

Canada Institute Media

  • Global Fellow James A. Haley’s op-ed ‘Why Trump Will Regret His Bravado’ examines why he believes President Trump’s approach to trade will backfire in the long run.
  • Ahead of the Federal Cabinet retreat in British Columbia, Global Fellow Nik Nanos’ highlighted the importance of developing a unified Liberal strategy to address contentious public policy topics and voter  mobilization ahead of the 2019 federal election in Canada in this BNN Bloomberg interview.  
  • As we continue to wait for the NAFTA ‘handshake’ deal, Global Fellow Eric Miller is quoted in this Globe and Mail article detailing the return of Canada to the negotiating table following U.S.-Mexico bilateral talks. Are you still confused about where the NAFTA negotiations stand? Check out our continuously updated infographic on the status of all the NAFTA negotiating chapters.

CI discusses the impact of Canada-U.S. trade relations in Atlanta Georgia.

Following my panel presentation to the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, I sat down with Raphael Bostic, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta to discuss Georgia’s prospects and areas of opportunity to engage with Canada. Watch the complete interview here.

Build your Canada-U.S. foreign policy expertise!

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) seeking professionals to who are committed to foreign policy and to the advancement of Canada-U.S. relations to apply to the International Affairs Fellowship in Canada. Fellowship recipients will be immersed in a six-to-twelve program that will place them in a government or institutional post in Canada to build a network of Americans with experience and expertise on Canada.
To learn more about the fellowship opportunity, click here.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2018

 

Monday, August 13, 2018


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