• Private Strategy Session with H.E. Harjit Singh Sajjan

    On May 12, 2016 the Atlantic Council hosted a private strategy session with Canada’s Minister of National Defense, Harjit Singh Sajjan. The event convened a small group of distinguished experts to offer insights and analysis into key security challenges, including Russia, the new security landscape in Europe, and security threats to North America. The Minister also outlined his perspective on a range of emerging national security challenges, touching on homegrown extremists, cyber threats, and interagency collaboration.

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  • TTIP & Trade in Action - April 6, 2016

    From April 15 - 17 the IMF and World Bank will host their annual Spring Meetings. Look at this years agenda here. The Atlantic Council's Global Business & Economics Program hosts several events in the context of the Spring Meetings- Check out the "Upcoming Event" section below or stay tuned on twitter @TTIPAction.

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  • United States and Canada Must Jointly Develop North American Energy Market

    Falling oil prices are a major challenge for oil revenue-dependent markets, including Venezuela, Russia, and Iran. But closer to the United States, Canada, which is heavily dependent on oil exports, is also suffering.

    Estimated Canadian oil reserves sit at 172 billion barrels. Russia, in comparison, only has approximately eighty billion barrels in reserves.

    Most of Canadian oil is trapped in oil sands—a combination of clay, sand, and water, soaked in bitumen, a heavy black viscous oil. It is impossible to produce and transport oil from these locales without special treatment, which requires expensive industrial infrastructure to implement. Economies of scale make these projects profitable above $50 per barrel. Alberta’s oil industry thrives—but only as long as oil prices remain high.  

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  • Cohen Quoted by Forbes Russia on Canada Oil Sands in Crisis

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  • NATO Warned of Vulnerability to Moscow in Eastern Europe

    A chorus of voices across Nato is warning that the alliance cannot defend Europe’s eastern border against an increasingly aggressive Russia.
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  • On Trucks and Lawsuits

    Complaints over fairness indicate how hard military procurement can be, and how strategic urgency must sometimes trump procedural justice.

    In North America in the past several months, three defense contractors have complained to US and Canadian federal reviewers that they’ve been treated unfairly in procurement programs for new military vehicles. Lockheed Martin has complained about Oshkosh’s winning production of the JLTV in the US, General Dynamics has complained about BAE Systems and SAIC winning development of the ACV in the US, and Oshkosh has complained about Mack winning production of the MSVS SMP in Canada. The particulars of these cases differ, but the companies’ reactions indicate just how difficult getting military procurement decisions can be. In the case of the JLTV, the government’s reaction also indicates why sometimes the government needs the right to be wrong.

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  • Planes or train?

    Just “how can Canada best” contribute to the fight in Iraq and Syria?

    The Americans are bombing. The French are now bombing by the score. The British are slinging Brimstone. The Canadians will train the Peshmerga. That’s right—making good on a campaign promise, new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau still intends to withdraw the six F-18 fighter-bombers of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), even if many Canadians would be happy to leave them there. Instead, he will greatly increase the force of 69 commandos that the Harper Government had sent to train Kurdish troops fighting Mr. Baghdadi’s gang from the north. "How many that will be, what form that will take, what kind of engagement we’re going to have,” the new PM told reporters on his own plane,  “those are things that we’re going to work out.” The basic question, he believes, is “how can Canada best be a strong and positive contributor to the continued and continuing mission against ISIL?” So is that on the ground or in the air?

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  • Three Things Canada Should Want with its Next Fighter

    If DND does drop the JSF, think radar jammers, cruise missiles, and a second seat.

    This week’s federal electoral victory by Canada's Liberals probably means the end of the F-35A as a prospective fighter jet for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The immediate bad news accrues to Lockheed Martin, which stands to lose $6 billion in future revenue, and its remaining customers, for whom smaller volumes will mean as much as one percent more per production aircraft. The remaining longer-term question is what this means for Canada; US Senator Orrin Hatch, after all, called the decision “stupid.”  But it’s not that prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau is outrightly refusing the stealthy airplane. Rather, he’s promising an open competition on a much smaller budget, presumably now for a twin-engined jet, which pretty much restricts the race to Boeing’s F-18E/F Super Hornet and Dassault’s Rafale C/B. The philosophies behind those aircraft designs differ markedly from that behind the F-35 Lightning II, so what else the Canadian military buys must now change as well.

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  • Slavin on Benghazi, Biden, Assad, and Canada

    South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin joins Voice of America's Issues in the News to moderate a discussion on US domestic politics, Assad's visit to Moscow, and the Canadian elections: 

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  • Slavin: A Tale of Two Elections: Canada and Egypt

    South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin writes for Voice of America on the recent elections in Canada and Egypt:

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