Canada and the Baltics Strategic Dialogue

 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

Wishful thinking is no substitute for strategy with China and Russia: Balkan Devlen in the Hub

The worst response to the Sino-Russian alignment is almost certainly what appears to be the present strategy: wait and see, hoping that the partnership will dissolve or that some dispute forces Xi and Putin to look in opposite directions, writes Balkan Devlen. Yet wishful thinking is no substitute for strategy. By Balkan Devlen, April 29,… Continue reading Wishful thinking is no substitute for strategy with China and Russia: Balkan Devlen in the Hub

Vladimir Putin is playing a high-stakes guessing game with Ukraine: Aurel Braun in the Globe and Mail

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

Webinar Panel Video: Standing Guard – What have we learned from the enhanced Forward Presence on NATO’s frontier?

 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?

New polling finds Canadians support a foreign policy agenda that sides with democracies

OTTAWA, ON (February 22, 2021): Polling conducted on behalf of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute unveils a new, emerging consensus among Canadians’ views on foreign policy. In a new commentary titled “Rethinking foreign policy: An emerging consensus for Canada,” MLI Senior Fellow Balkan Devlen examines how Canadians view the importance of democratic allies, international institutions, defence spending,… Continue reading New polling finds Canadians support a foreign policy agenda that sides with democracies

Ep. 60 – Understanding Russia’s anti-democracy crackdown with Marcus Kolga and Vladimir Ashurkov

Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Pod Bless Canada · Ep. 60 – Understanding Russia’s anti-democracy crackdown with Marcus Kolga and Vladimir Ashurkov The world has followed closely the attempted assassination via poisoning, recent arrest, and now conviction of Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny. With thousands of Russian citizens having taken to the streets to protest the corrupt and… Continue reading Ep. 60 – Understanding Russia’s anti-democracy crackdown with Marcus Kolga and Vladimir Ashurkov

Navalny Sentencing: Marcus Kolga on TRT World

MLI senior fellow Marcus Kolga joined TRT World to discuss the recent sentencing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the protests that followed. “This campaign Vladamir Putin seems to be waging against his own people of intimidation and fear,” explains Kolga. “It only seems to be getting worse. It’s an indication that Vladimir Putin… Continue reading Navalny Sentencing: Marcus Kolga on TRT World

Canada must work with Biden to defend our democracies against Russia: Marcus Kolga in iPolitics

Canada’s own intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned that the Russian government is actively working to undermine Canadian democracy, writes Marcus Kolga. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here. By Marcus Kolga, January 18, 2021 As the Western world happily counts down the days before Donald Trump’s U.S. presidency… Continue reading Canada must work with Biden to defend our democracies against Russia: Marcus Kolga in iPolitics

Forging a Closer Transatlantic Bond Between Canada and Europe: New MLI report

OTTAWA, ON (December 28, 2020): Canada and Europe are both facing a world rife with geopolitical uncertainty, from weakened international institutions to great power rivalry and rising authoritarian influence. What should an expanded Canadian role in transatlantic relations look like? What new opportunities are there for cooperation between Canada and Europe? This report, titled “The… Continue reading Forging a Closer Transatlantic Bond Between Canada and Europe: New MLI report

From middle to major power – Correcting course in Canadian foreign policy: New MLI Paper

OTTAWA, ON (December 3, 2020): Recent polling suggests that Canadians want our country to engage more in the world and to have more of a say on global affairs. Achieving this requires decision-makers to embark on a bold and ambitious foreign policy plan. MLI’s newest paper, titled “From middle to major power: Correcting course in… Continue reading From middle to major power – Correcting course in Canadian foreign policy: New MLI Paper