Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Separating sanitary globalizations from globalizations that spread pandemics



Globalization of people and viruses


globalization of trade and communications

 by Ira Straus

The two forms of globalization need to be separated, the one that harms public health -- globalization of people -- restricted. It is the way to rebuild better after this pandemic, and the only way to make globalization great again. 


There are two globalizations. COVID will change their balance enduringly. International personal travel will shrink.

Even without COVIC, a reduction of travel would have been inevitable in face of the progress of communications technology. Now we also know that it is also an imperative of global public health. Europe and America have paid a terrible price 

Happy New Year

Ira Straus

Chair, CWPS

It looks to be a terrible start on the year with the pandemic. But the vaccines are out and will start wiping out the virus -- as long as enough people take them. And as long as we maintain patience and restraint until then, and don't let the pandemic spread so uncontrollably that mutations start coming faster and thicker than we can keep up with them. Let's hope good sense prevails. Stay safe and get your vaccine when you can. And enjoy the rebuddings of life as they become safely available. The photo here, grace of one of those.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Is Europe copying the mistakes of America’s 4th of July?

Federal Trust article
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

It is a melancholy thing to see a historical drama being imitated and replayed blindly. The more melancholy, when it is happening to a friendly country. [...]

This is a shortened version of a longer article, which is available here: Misunderstanding America’s 4th July – Is Europe copying only the Mistakes? 

Friday, March 6, 2020


When Border Closures and Supranational Collaboration go hand in hand

Federal Trust article
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

Unexpectedly, a virus, SARS 2 CoV-2, has become the most important political as well as human issue facing us at this time. Like any crisis of public safety, it presents the EU with an opportunity also: the opportunity to become a strong provider of security for its countries and citizens. Instead, tragically, EU is on the verge of committing a major mistake, its second potentially suicidal mistake in four years, by holding onto open borders (the Italian one) in this emergency period.

continue reading at https://fedtrust.co.uk/the-eu-and-the-coronavirus-crisis/

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Only new approaches, supplementing current anti-emissions policies, can stop the warming not just slow the emissions

Federal Trust article
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

Global warming is a matter where EU and global policy has been failing, despite long and heavy investment in the current line of policy. The warming has not only continued but sped up. Annual global emissions not only remain high but continue to increase. This, after decades of major Western emissions-reduction policies that have had significant if oft-denied costs to European economies, and that in the last two years brought on a damaging street reaction in France.

READ MORE: https://fedtrust.co.uk/toward-a-more-effective-eu-policy-on-global-warming/

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Geoengineering: the only way to stop not slow Global Warming

Emissions reductions are also needed, but by themselves they cannot achieve their goal
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

There are two basic plans for responding to global warming: emissions reductions alone, and geoengineering alongside emissions reductions.

Geoengineering -- blocking up to 2% of incoming sunlight -- was the main plan for dealing with global warming in the Federal Science report of 1965. However, a few years later the New Left Movement, with its ideological orientations against technology and the West, captured environmentalism. It excluded geoengineering from the global warming discussion, which came to be confined exclusively to cutting greenhouse emissions.

Saturday, January 18, 2020


Federal Trut article
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

It’s a new world in UK-EU relations. All — Europeanists, federalists, the EU itself — have to find their bearings in it. All have to refocus on the tasks most relevant for the future.

So also do all who wish for the UK to survive as a Union.

Following are five priority tasks.



The economic costs of separatism and the strategic costs of contagion

Federal Trust article
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

While there is much discussion in London of the economic and administrative consequences of Brexit, there is little similarly detailed discussion of the possible consequences of Scottish independence. This is surprising. Restricting a land border is a more radical thing than restricting a sea border. The cross-Channel border is with Britain’s bigger trading partner, the EU, but the Anglo-Scottish land border is more intimate and is no less intensively used.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Can tactical voting save the UK’s own Unions?

Can Tories, by voting Labour, save their own party from destroying itself with a hard Brexit?

by Ira Straus

Tactical voting occurs on a large scale in every British election. It is a normal part of the system in first past the post elections. There is nothing unseemly about it.

Usually, tactical voting has been done primarily by supporters of third parties such as the LibDems. It has drastically reduced the votes that go to these parties, as they are seen as “wasted votes”. This year it is going to do nearly the opposite.

What has changed is not the tactical voting per se but the fact that many major party voters are now considering tactical voting.

Britain is seen by a majority of voters as existentially at risk from both the major party leaderships. Many among the major party voters are for the first time contemplating voting tactically, in order to avoid this perceived catastrophe. Important Conservative and Labour remainers alike have advocated voting tactically against their own party.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

China Needs Imperial Realism on Hong Kong

A National Interest article
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

Hong Kong was declared in 1997 an autonomous “system” within China, but it was always more than that. A decade of threats from China since 2008 has driven the difference to grow further: from distinctive society into a distinctive nation.