Joe Varner

Joe Varner is the author of Canada's Asia-Pacific Security Dilemma, a former director of policy in the minister of national defence's office and a consultant on defence policy, strategic intelligence and military operations.

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Iran’s new ‘hard war’ stance

| August 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
Iran’s new ‘hard war’ stance

Iran’s experience in the years-long Iran-Iraq War had a profound impact on its threat perceptions, national security strategy and doctrine regarding the use of force. The Iran-Iraq war, which took place between 1980 and 1988, by conservative Western estimates killed 367,000 people, 262,000 of whom are believed to have been Iranian. Officially, Iranian estimates put […]

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China’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic

| August 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
China’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic

China has come under scrutiny for its handling of the pandemic that began to tighten its now-worldwide grip in January. Joe Varner investigated what has been reported in independent media and what the Chinese government has stated on wide-ranging aspects of the pandemic. At publication time, we are still emerging from almost four months of […]

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The dynamic Russia-China duo: Russia and China are actively working to subvert NATO security in an era of political war.

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
The dynamic Russia-China duo: Russia and China are actively working to subvert NATO security in an era of political war.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization turned 70 in 2019 and continues to be the world’s most successful military-political alliance, if not the only one. In good news last year, NATO defence spending was up and NATO countries were working to re-arm and improve lagging readiness. But its 70th anniversary was not without its share of […]

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How China’s Belt and Road project affects global security

| January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
How China’s Belt and Road project affects global security

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has several purposes for the emerging superpower: To increase its access to global trade, international development and strategic investment, to up its diplomatic engagement, to isolate Taiwan by buying away the few international friends it has left and to build a constellation of military bases and presence around the world […]

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