The Humanist Cafe
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 7:00-8:30 pm
James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies Street, Victoria

Discussion Topic: Cold War II?  Where Is It Leading?

Moderator: John Pope

The recent illegal attack on Syria by the US risked a military confrontation with Russia.  The consequences of this are scary.  Many analysts are calling this a new cold war, or “Cold War II”.

Here is some background:

Attached is a short informative article from Foreign Policy Magazine (Please scroll down to read it. I couldn’t get this site to load, so I attached the “text only” page):

European view: “[The US] policy towards Moscow needs to be thought through from the fundamentals, bearing in mind that the repercussions from the chaotic collapse of the Soviet Union are still very much playing out some three decades later.” :

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“Looked at another way, it could be argued the cold war never went away, or at least, that there was merely a brief time-out in the 1990s that ended when Putin rose to power 15 years ago…” :

Cohen identifies six specific factors that make the new Cold War more perilous than the preceding one” :

“The mechanisms and the safeguards to manage the risks of escalation that existed in the past no longer seem to be present.”  – António Guterres, UN Secretary-General:


If we are into a new Cold War, what are the consequences for the world?

Did the Cold War really end?

What is the status of Russia vs. USA regarding economics, wealth, military power, world influence?

What is Canada’s role in this power struggle?