The Expanding Community program at the NAOC has three aims. First, the program seeks to explore the growth of the NATO alliance, prospective members and relationship with partners. Secondly, it looks at human rights issues and its effects on NATO member and partner countries. Thirdly, it features Canada’s global connections, including our links to other nations on a bilateral basis, and the role Canada plays within international and multilateral institutions. Check back regularly for original articles, as well as links to related news, blog posts and videos from around the world.

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What the Canada-Saudi Arabia Dispute Reveals About Canada’s Allies

On September 26, in the latest development in the ongoing diplomatic row between Canada and Saudi Arabia, the Saudi foreign minister, Adel Al-Juebir, asked that Canada stop treating his country “like a banana republic.” Al-Juebir repeated demands that the Government of Canada apologize for its August 2018 Tweets which called for the release of a Read More…

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Where do LGBT Perspectives Fit within the NATO Narrative?

To honour LGBT month, the turbulent experiences of identifying service men and women are acknowledged, while the paranoia surrounding their service are debunked. The accession of prospective nations into the Alliance raises the question of whether the LGBT inclusion status of a nation is a factor worth considering for membership. And if it should be, can religious affiliation influence the security and defence commitments of NATO members?

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Should Canada and NATO allies build stronger ties with strategic partners in South Asia? Part II

NATO and India have the potential to establish a mutual beneficial military-diplomatic relationship creating security within Asia. A two part article explores the possibilities of an Indo-NATO partnership.

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Should Canada and NATO allies build stronger ties with strategic partners in South Asia? Part I

NATO and India have the potential to establish a mutual beneficial military-diplomatic relationship creating security within Asia. A two part article explores the possibilities of an Indo-NATO partnership.