For over fifty years, Germany hoped that a conciliatory approach predicated on close economic ties, and diplomatic and cultural rapproachement in its Russia policy – commonly known as Ostpolitik – would warm Russia to the West. Two Russian invasions of Ukraine and many sanctions later, it has become abundantly clear that Berlin’s orthodox policy towards Moscow has Read More…
Ukraine, Russia, and NATO’s Eastern Flank: A Canadian Defence and Foreign Policy Perspective
In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Canada has rolled out a slew of measures to defend NATO’s eastern flank. This article summarizes and critically analyzes these recent trends in Canadian defence and foreign policy.
Are sanctions an effective means of curbing illegal behaviour by ‘rogue state’?
This week, we challenged the NATO Association of Canada’s Editors for their take on a thorny and challenging topic, namely: Are sanctions an effective means of curbing illegal behaviour by ‘rogue state’? Ditch the Logic Arjun Singh At its root, the question is empirical. Sanctions are effective only if, in cases where used, a desired Read More…
Lukashenko’s Gambit: Embattled Belarusian President Risks National Sovereignty Amidst Increasing Isolation from the West
In this article Griffin Cornwall examines the impact of the Belarusian Government’s dramatic arrests of Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega, the increased sanctions pressure from the West this action has brought, and the potential risks to Belarus’ national sovereignty brought by President Lukashenko’s retrenchment of his relationship to his longstanding ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin
Deutschland’s Dissonance: Nordstream, Nazism and NATO’s Peril
Despite NATO’s objections, as Germany persists in cooperation with Russia, Arjun Singh deconstructs the German strategic calculus on Nord Stream 2 and impact of Holocaust history.
Energy-sector Corruption and State Policy in Russia
In this article Joseph Bouchard examines the issues of corruption in Russia’s energy sector exposed by Alexei Navalny, how those issues impact Russia’s influence in the global energy sector, and how resolving them could impact Russia’s future and its relations with the West.
Uncertain Alliance: Turkey’s goals in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the implications for Canada-Turkey relations
Griffin Cornwall examines the role played by Turkey in supporting Azerbaijan in the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and how this impacts the defence relationship between Turkey and Canada.
What Next for the Nordstream 2 Pipeline?
Title: What’s Next for the Nordstream 2 Pipeline?Featured Speakers: Dr. Robert M. Cutler (Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Energy Security Program at NATO Association of Canada), Dr. Sławomir Dębski (Director, Polish Institute of International Affairs), Dr. Alan Riley (Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council), Dr. Maria Shagina (Centre for EastEuropean Studies, University of Zurich)Series: Energy Read More…
Sanctions on North Korea: How effective will they be?
Are the sanctions going to work? And if so, how? Take a look at what our editors think.
New US Sanctions Against Russia: A Blow to Europe?
While outlining a divergence of US-EU interests with regards to Russia, the new US sanctions also remind Europe of its dangerous energy dependence on Russia.