Stepping up to meet Putin’s challenge: Toward a more resilient NATO

Russia has unleashed all-out information warfare against the democracies of the West – a television and digital onslaught on the liberal democratic values and institutions of multiple Western societies. What is the aim of these attacks? Nothing less than breaking the political, economic, and military framework of European and North Atlantic cooperation. When NATO and the European Union lose public support, cooperation breaks down and national interests take over. In a fragmented European and North Atlantic community, Russia gains power and influence.

Yet the challenge posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia is not limited to information warfare, disinformation, cyber attacks, or election interference. While attention has rightly been focused on Russia’s efforts on these areas, the Kremlin has also expanded its spending on advanced conventional weapons and nuclear capabilities, rebuilt its military assets in the Arctic, and remains keen on employing hybrid/gray-zone tactics that involve a mix of traditional and non-traditional actions that fall below open warfare. It’s critical for NATO to meet the sustained and multi-faceted Russian challenge to European and North Atlantic security and stability.

To shed light on these issues, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute will be hosting a panel event that will bring together Canadian and international experts to discuss how NATO can better build resilience and preparedness to counter a variety of threats, including conventional, hybrid war or cyber attack.


  • Quentin E. Hodgson, Senior International / Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Richard Fadden, Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister
  • Balkan Devlen, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
  • Leah West, Lecturer, Carleton University
  • Elliot Tepper, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Carleton University (moderator)

Event Details:

  • Location: Kildare House, 323 Chapel Street (Ground Floor), Ottawa, ON
  • Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Time: Registration begins at 9:00 am, event begins at 9:30 am and concludes at 11:30 am


Is advance registration required for this event?

Yes, please register in advance through Eventbrite if you would like to attend the event.

Is the venue close to public transit?

Yes, the following bus routes come close to the venue:

  • Bus 19 – Stop located at Laurier & Chapel (1 minute walk)
  • Bus 16 – Stop located at Chapel & Somerset (4 minute walk)
  • Bus 7 – Stop located at Rideau & Friel (9 minute walk)

What are my parking options? We will try to obtain a special events parking permit from the City, which will enable overtime parking (where parking is permitted) in select areas near the venue. If this permit is approved, full details will be sent to all registered attendees shortly before the event.Free street parking is also available for up to 3 hours on the following streets nearby (please note the time limits posted):

  • Wilbrod St
  • Nelson St (near Laurier)
  • Goulbourn Ave
  • Malborough Ave
  • Osgood St (near Goulbourn Ave)
  • Mann Ave. (between Russell and King Edward Ave.)

Paid parking is available nearby at the following locations:

  • Loblaws Rideau ($9.00 per day, 10 minute walk)
  • University of Ottawa Brooks Garage ($17.00 per day, 12 minute walk)
  • Rideau Centre ($20.00 per day, 15 minute walk).

What does it mean if I am added to the Waiting List?

If you find yourself on the waiting list for one of our events, it means that the event is already at capacity. As seats open up, tickets are released automatically to people on the waiting list.

If a ticket is released to you, then you will receive an email from Eventbrite inviting you to register for your seat. If you do not register, you will not be on the list of registered attendees and the seat may be opened up to someone else on the waiting list.

How do I know what my status is on the Waiting List?

Those who are on the waiting list will first receive a confirmation email notifying them that they have been added to the list. If a ticket is released, a followup email will be sent.

Waitlist confirmation email:

This event is currently sold out, but you have been added to the waiting list.

If a ticket becomes available, you will be contacted with further instructions on how to register for your seat. If this happens, you will have 24 hours to register before the ticket is released to the next person on the waiting list.

Waitlist ticket release email:

Congratulations! A spot on the waiting list has been released to you for this event. Please register for your seat within the next 24 hours if you would like to attend. After 24 hours, this seat will automatically be released to the next person on the waiting list.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Allison at

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