• NATO Jets Intercept Russian Fighters Twice in Two Days Over Baltic

    NATO scrambled fighter jets – including two Canadian F-18s – twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.
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  • Don't forget Canada and Mexico

    LIKE THE majority of his modern predecessors, President Obama has looked to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia as the regions where America's vital interests are most often engaged. This year is no different as the United States copes with a lethal combination of challenges from the metastasizing Iraq-Syria civil war to Russian aggression in Ukraine, Chinese adventurism in Asia, and the climate and Ebola crises.

    While these threats won't go away anytime soon, there is better news for Americans closer to home in the form of a strategic opportunity right in our own backyard. In an unusually far-sighted report issued last week, two of our country's most impressive global strategists — David Petraeus, former CIA director and head of US Central Command, and former World Bank President Bob Zoellick — make a compelling case that Americans should work with Mexico and Canada to build a new North American partnership for the future. Issued by the Council on Foreign Relations (where I serve on the board of directors), the report suggests we have the opportunity to realize a new era of growth and prosperity for the nearly 500 million people who live in our three countries.

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  • Hasik on Canadian Efforts Against ISIS

    Military Times quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Defense James Hasik on Canada's air campaign in Iraq: 

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  • STRATCOM, DoD Sign Space Operations Agreement With Allies

    Officials from the Defense Department, U.S. Strategic Command and three allied nations signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday on combined space operations to strengthen deterrence, enhance resilience and optimize resources.
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  • Russian Bombers Practice Cruise Missile Strikes on US During NATO Summit

    Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales.
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  • Is NATO's 2% of GDP a relevant target?

    Sometimes it’s what you spend, and sometimes it’s where and how you spend it.


    With a few announcements of new spending around the NATO Summit, the alliance is a little closer, but only a little, to its “2-20” goals: that every member state will devote 2 percent of its GDP to its military, and 20 percent of that spending to investment. But why those figures? That is, why spend less or more, and on troops or equipment? To know whether these 2-20 numbers are important, we should ask whether there are theoretical bases for demanding them—or any thresholds, for that matter.

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  • Special Summit Series: Canada and NATO

    Ukraine is, of course, the most pressing issue facing NATO as a whole today.
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  • News on TTIP, the US- Africa Summit and CETA

    Canada-EU FreeTrade Deal may pave Way for US Agreement
    Canada and the EU have agreed on a final text for their free trade agreement this Tuesday. Although smaller in monetary terms, the agreement covers even more areas than the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement currently negotiated between the US and the EU. As a consequence, many trade the CETA agreement as the template for the transatlantic agreement. (BBC News)

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  • Canada is First NATO Member to Impose Sectoral Sanctions on Russia

    Russia's aggressive militarism and expansionism are a threat to more than just Ukraine; they are a threat to Europe, to the rule of law and to the values that bind Western nations. Canada will not stand idly by in the face of this threat.
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  • The Harper Plan for Unilateral Canadian Disarmament

    Despite his tough talk about supporting the troops, Stephen Harper has reduced defence spending to just 1% of GDP — the lowest level in Canadian history.
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