• Putin Orders Strong Military Presence in Arctic

    From Thomas Grove, Reuters:  President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's military to increase its focus on the Arctic and finish plans by the end of the year to upgrade military bases in the resource-rich region where world powers jostle for control.
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  • Our Arctic Strategy Deficit

    Russian ice breaker

    The United States is juggling multiple crises at home and around the world. Operating in crisis mode has meant a lack of attention to over-the-horizon issues, not least of which are in the Arctic, where there is a looming fight for territorial expansion driven by large amounts of untapped oil and natural gas resources in the “High North."

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  • The Finance Crisis: Lessons Learned from Canada and the Way Forward

    The Finance Crisis: Lessons Learned from Canada and the Way Forward

    On November 16, the Atlantic Council, Thomson Reuters, the Rotman School of Management, and The Embassy of Canada hosted a conference on the future of global finance and economic growth. Featured confirmed speakers include Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, former Secretary of the US Treasury Robert Rubin, and Royal Bank of Canada CEO Gordon Nixon.

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  • Implementation of the 'Canada First' Defence Strategy in the Americas

    On September 23, the Atlantic Council’s International Security Program held a discussion with Lieutenant-General Walter Semianiw.

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  • National Composition of NATO Strike Sorties in Libya

    NATO E-3 AWAC flying with three U.S. Air Force F-16s in a 2003 exercise

    Eight nations participated in strike sorties in NATO’s Operation Unified Protector (OUP) in Libya. These nations are the US, France, Great Britain, Canada, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, and Norway. 

    However, there are now only seven nations conducting strike sorties because Norway withdrew its aircraft as of August 1. Britain contributed four additional fighters to help offset the loss of the Norwegian jets. The US has also recently increased its contribution of aircraft and armed Predator UAVs. The US and Germany have also provided bombs to allies with low stockpiles.

    Aircraft from other countries, such as Sweden, Qatar, and the Netherlands, are participating in other missions such as enforcing the no-fly and surveillance, but are not involved in combat missions in Libya.

    NATO discloses each day the total number of collective sorties flown in the previous 24 hours and the total of all sorties since the start of OUP, but it does not break it down into national contributions. Such national details can only be found sporadically and from different sources.  National levels of strike sorties flown have fluctuated since NATO took over military operations in Libya on March 31, 2011. The following information matches each country’s most recent number of strike sorties to the number of total strike sorties by that date.

    France:  33%, approximately 2,225 strike sorties (out of 6,745 total sorties by August 4)

    US:  16%, 801 strike sorties, (out of 5,005 strike sorties by June 30)

    Denmark:  11%, dropped 705 bombs (out of the 7,079 missions by August 11)

    Britain:  10%, 700 strike sorties (out of 7,223 total sorties by August 15)

    Canada:  10%, approximately 324 strike sorties (based on 3,175 NATO strike sorties by May 25)

    Italy:  10% (Not applicable until April 27 when Italy committed 4 Tornados for strike sorties)

    Norway:  10%, 596 strike sorties (out of the 6,125 missions by August 1, no longer active)

    Belgium:  8th ally participating in combat missions, no public data available on number of strike sorties  (photo: USAF)

    UPDATE from Emma Thelwell, Channel 4 News:  In an interview with Radio 4 David Cameron claimed the UK conducted 20 per cent of all Nato strike sorties in Libya. He said: “Britain performed 1,600 of those, so around a fifth of strike sorties and I think that is punching, as it were, at our weight or even above our weight.” The MoD confirmed the numbers to FactCheck and revealed that the UK has conducted 12 per cent of all sorties overall.

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  • Public Sector Pensions Report: Transparency Standards Lacking

    The British-North American Committee Public Sector Pensions Report warns that the true costs of public sector pensions are being significantly understated by the U.S., UK and Canadian governments.

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  • Canada's MacKay Unlikely NATO Secretary General

    While some have touted Canadian defense minister Peter MacKay as Jaap de Hoop Scheffer's successor as NATO's secretary general, precedent makes it highly unlikely. 

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  • Canada Encouraged on 'Buy America' Rollback

    Canada has expressed relief that the U.S. Senate has watered down the "Buy America" provision of the economic stimulus package currently under negotiation but that it will continue pressure to keep trade between the two countries open. John McCrank for  Reuters:

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