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The Institute for Peace and Diplomacy and NATO Association of Canada co-sponsored a panel discussion titled “Russia Buildup Near Ukraine: What are Canada’s Interests and Options?” on January 14, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM (EST).
Russia’s military buildup near the Ukrainian border has triggered talks on the future of European security. Concerns have been raised that the Biden administration may strike a deal with Moscow at the expense of the interests of some of its European allies. At the same time, it is unclear whether Russia’s continued exclusion from the core of Europe’s security architecture can produce a stable continental order over the long term.
As a fervent defender of Ukraine’s sovereignty and a leading participant in NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, Canada has a direct stake in the future of these talks. With tensions running high, what are Canada’s interests and policy options? How can Canada contribute most constructively to the ongoing process? And after decades of NATO-centrism in Canadian foreign policy, could greater mutual accommodation between Russia and the West open up space for a Canadian strategic pivot to the “Indo-Pacific”?
Words of welcome:
- Robert Baines: President and CEO, NATO Association of Canada
- Zachary Paikin: Research Fellow, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy and Researcher, Centre for European Policy Studies – Brussels
- Alexander Lanoszka: Assistant Professor of International Relations, University of Waterloo
- Paul Robinson: Professor of Public & International Affairs, University of Ottawa and Senior Fellow, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy
- Yuliia Ivaniuk: Coordinator of the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, University of Manitoba
- Anatol Lieven: Senior Research Fellow, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
- Bijan Ahmadi: Executive Director, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy