A debate on defence spending that has re-emerged within the NATO Alliance seems to have exacerbated tensions between the two sides of the transatlantic partnership. Continuing a long tradition of defining itself in opposite terms against its neighbour to the south, Canada’s approach to this debate offers a rarely explored take on burden sharing within the Alliance.
Russia’s ability to deploy bombers in Iran for sorties in Syria has less operational significance than either Moscow or Tehran would have us believe. But the geopolitical impact is substantial, both for Russia’s claims to superpower status, and for Iran’s positioning as a pre-eminent regional power.
The NATO–Russia Founding Act is the most important legal instrument governing relations between the Alliance and Moscow. Unfortunately, it is not working, and Russia has violated the Act on numerous occasions.
Not only is Europe facing multiple crises, but the nature of these crises and their depth were a source of disagreement between the global leaders who met recently at the 10th Lennart Meri conference. This major regional security gathering which bears the name of the late president of Estonia, takes place yearly in the country’s capital, Tallinn. The challenge stemming from an expansionist Russia...