On April 27, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute was honoured to host His Excellency Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia, as part of the Canada and the Baltics Strategic Dialogue. While much of this dialogue was conducted as a closed-door meeting under Chatham House rules, we are pleased to share President Levits’ remarks and… Continue reading Canada and the Baltics Strategic Dialogue
The West has many tools to signal to Putin that any new major military action would carry risks that far outweigh the benefits. Additional sanctions, blocking the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, providing Ukraine with substantive additional defensive military weapons and maintaining NATO cohesion on the issue would have considerable effect, writes Aurel Braun in the… Continue reading Vladimir Putin is playing a high-stakes guessing game with Ukraine: Aurel Braun in the Globe and Mail
In 2021, NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) is heading into its fourth year. Canada’s commitment as the Framework Nation for the eFP battlegroup in Latvia is currently its largest foreign military deployment. It is also one of the few overseas missions that has not been scaled back due to COVID-19. Born out of necessity,… Continue reading Webinar Panel Video: Standing Guard – What have we learned from the enhanced Forward Presence on NATO’s frontier?
OTTAWA, ON (November 16, 2020): New polling conducted on behalf of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute finds that, not only do Canadians care about foreign policy, but they also have some strong opinions about Canada’s place in the world, our allies, and our adversaries. These findings are the first segment of a three-part project on measuring Canadians’… Continue reading Is Canada “back” on the international stage? Canadians don’t think so: An MLI Poll
In the latest episode of Pod Bless Canada, MLI Research Advisory Board Member Dr. Elliot Tepper was joined by Quentin Hodgson, a senior international and defense researcher at the RAND Corporation focusing on cybersecurity, cyber operations, risk management, and command & control. Their discussion explores how NATO can (and must) update itself to better prepare… Continue reading Ep. 39 – A New NATO to counter Putin’s Challenge with Quentin Hodgson and Elliot Tepper
OTTAWA, ON (December 3, 2019): With NATO leaders gathering in London to celebrate the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, controversies swirl regarding French President Macron’s comments about NATO leadership, US President Trump’s mercurial relationship with the Alliance, Turkey’s future involvement in collective defence, and much more. To make sense of these important issues, MLI experts Richard Fadden and… Continue reading MLI experts Fadden, Devlen available to comment on NATO Leaders Meeting in London
Canada cannot afford to be placing its foreign policy in the hands of anyone other than the very best. With so many complex and demanding challenges, Canada should have stayed the course with Chrystia Freeland on foreign affairs, writes Marcus Kolga. By Marcus Kolga, November 22, 2019 Thirty years ago, when the Berlin wall fell, the… Continue reading Chrystia Freeland should have remained Minister of Foreign Affairs: Marcus Kolga in Maclean’s
The Rīga Conference is an annual meeting of regional and international experts in foreign policy and defence, academics, journalists, and business representatives, promoting the discussion and assessment of issues affecting the transatlantic community. Convening in the Latvian capital since 2006, the conference has become a recognized annual tradition in the region. At this year’s conference,… Continue reading LIVE STREAM: Riga Conference 2019
OTTAWA, ON (July 31, 2019): With the federal election only a few months away, Canadians are right to be concerned about the possibility of interference from Russia and other hostile foreign actors in our democratic processes. Foreign interference took place in our 2015 elections, and we need to be prepared for possible disruptions in our upcoming… Continue reading Russia-proofing your election against foreign interference: New MLI Study
MLI Munk Senior Fellow Christian Leuprecht joined the Latvian Institute of International Affairs for a panel discussion on how to best manage the relationship between Russia and the West. This discussion was part of the annual high-level international Riga Dialogue 2019. Learn more here.