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Paying it Forward: Canada's Renewed Commitment to NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence


Although the dissolution of the Soviet Union may have altered the founding Cold War rationale for NATO, the fundamental principle of the transatlantic alliance has prevailed for 70 years: the collective defence of shared interests. In the face of Russian aggression, and uncertainty about US continued commitment to the alliance, reinforcing NATO has emerged as Canada's top expeditionary defence priority. Indeed, just before the NATO summit in July 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau renewed Canada's commitment to the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) as the Framework Nation for Latvia for four years, and scaled up Canada's contribution to the allied battlegroup. This decision is as much a reflection of the eFP's immediate collective defence requirements in Latvia as it is of the extent to which the existential fate of Canada's most important defence asset hangs in the balance: the alliance, Canada's role in it, and the future of Canadian defence policy.

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Leuprecht, Christian, Joel Sokolsky, and Jayson Derow. 2019. "Paying it Forward: Canada's Renewed Commitment to NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence." International Journal 74 (March): 162-171. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0020702019834887

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