Recapping the NATO Warsaw Summit: A Unified Alliance

With the ink on the Warsaw Summit communiqué now dry, it is time to look back on the summit. In our pre-summit analysis, we identified five topics of interest: the quest for a new identity, Russia, reassurance measures, burden sharing, and enlargement. As predicted, the Allies addressed all of these topics. The identity crisis of the alliance is still unresolved, but at least divisions among the Allies are less pronounced than what was thought to have existed. With the defence expenditures slowly starting to rise in the Alliance, and a few members who feel a need to reaffirm their commitment to the Alliance; NATO now has two more major operations going on: the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) and the Sea Guardian

Montenegro’s Participation to the NATO Warsaw Summit

When one thinks about the countries involved with NATO, generally, one only thinks about the Allies and Russia. But there are countries outside the Alliance, like partner countries and potential members who are involved. The last NATO enlargement was in 2009, when Croatia and Albania joined the alliance. Since then, four others countries are officially aspiring members: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, and Montenegro. Out of these, Montenegro presents an interesting case. It was invited to join the Alliance last December, provided each NATO member ratifies the Accession Protocol of Montenegro. So far seven of the 28 have already done so, and Montenegro is expecting the whole process to be completed by the end of the year. Even though Montenegro is not

Canada & the NATO Warsaw Summit: the Aftermath

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One of the key differences between the Wales (2014) and the Warsaw Summit is the much harder and militaristic tone of the latter’s final communiqué. This summit was announced to be all about deterrence and this is was we got from Canada. Days before the summit, the Trudeau government confirmed it was to be one of the four Framework countries of the new NATO Enhanced Forward Presence force in the Baltics and Poland. At the summit, the Canadian delegation provided us with the exact level of its commitment, with a battalion in Latvia (for about 450 troops deployed at all time), the confirmation of the renewal of a frigate deployment in the area and an Air Task Force, up to six

NATO Day 2 Recap: An Alliance Committed

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In the past two days, the NATO members have made sure to show a unified image of the Atlantic alliance. Throughout his press conferences at the summit, NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, made sure to reiterate the strong ties amongst the allies. On Sunday, US President Barack Obama insisted again on America's commitment to NATO. In regards to this unified image, the allies also pledged a great many assets throughout the Summit, from the Baltics to Afghanistan, including a new naval mission, Sea Guardian, in the Mediterranean Sea. Canada, for its part, after giving details of the level of its participation in Latvia, within the new NATO Enhanced Forward Presence, also announced it will contribute US $465 million to the new US $1 billion

NATO Day 1 Recap: The Summit of Reassurance

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This summit is held as a landmark summit by many, including NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg; a summit where the allies will show, more than ever, their commitments to each other. It started this morning with the signature of a new strategic partnership between the European Union and NATO to step-up the 15-year-long cooperation between both organizations. Canada also pledged itself to NATO defence and deterrence measures. We already know about the country's intention to be one of the four Framework countries of the new NATO Enhanced Forward Presence force. Today, we learnt it will be taking the lead in Latvia. While we still don't know exactly how many troops it will deploy, Canada already announced a frigate and an Air Task Force,

The Future of Ukraine: A Conversation with Maxim Eristavi

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After an informal conversation with an NGO representative in Kiev, our Editor, Christian Picard, did an interview with Maxim Eristavi, for Hromadske International. In both cases, the same idea emerged: the Ukrainian population is seeing Europe as the way to go for the future of Ukraine.   Here is an edited version, for length and clarity, of the interview with Mr. Eristavi. Christian Picard: Joining NATO and the EU comes with a big institutional package because there are a lot of institutional changes that must be performed in order to meet some minimum standards. With the actual political actors in Ukraine, would there be a lot of resistance or would it be something they would embrace more willingly? Maxim Eristavi: We have been through

What About NATO’s Big Players?

One of the Alliance’s greatest strengths is the ability to come to a consensus. Each clause of the Warsaw Summit’s final declaration must be adopted by all members. If any member votes no, the specific clause cannot be adopted; this system effectively gives each member a veto right. This translates to an end result which every member can stand behind, and it sends a powerful message of unity to the rest of the world. However, this a consensus is also, in a way, a weakness, because each clause will be toned down until everyone reaches a common agreement. In such a scenario, the negotiation game is incredibly intense and each country heavily focuses on discovering its fellow members’ special interests. This

Canada’s Hot Topics at the NATO Warsaw Summit

Canada at NATO in brief: One of the founding members (1949) Has participated in all NATO missions and operations The fifth contribution to the ISAF (Afghanistan) mission Kerry Buck is Canada’s ambassador to NATO   Since the last NATO Wales Summit, the political landscape in Canada has changed considerably, with the election of Trudeau’s liberal government. In the defense sector the government has taken significant decisions: replacing air strikes in Syria with military advisors giving in-field training, the cancellation of the F-35 fighter jets, a new determination to “revitalize Canada’s role in peace-keeping” within the UN, and a new defence white book is underway. But beyond the political declarations, what is happening

NATO-Warsaw Summit: What Can We Expect?

Observatory Media is proud to announce it will provide its readers a coverage of the upcoming NATO-Warsaw Summit! Reporting from the Summit is our editor, Christian Picard. Here is our first piece on the Summit, presenting the main issues the allies will most probably talk about in the coming days. The last NATO Summit was held two years ago, in Wales, UK. Some of the main world events of that time haven’t changed: Ukraine is still in the middle of a latent conflict with Russia; the civil war is still raging in Syria and Iraq, although an end might be in sight; and Europe is still in a difficult economic situation (and that just get worst with the recent Brexit). Just