NATO Association of Canada - November 16, 2020
Recent News and Upcoming Events
Celebrating Robert Spencer's 100th Birthday!
The NATO Association of Canada would like to congratulate Robert Spencer for celebrating his 100th birthday. Since he became a member of the Board of Directors in 1968, and served as the Association's President, Robert has always been a Champion of the NATO Alliance. As President, he understood the urgency of engaging younger generations about the importance of NATO, which the organization continues to do, to this day.

We thank Robert Spencer for creating the framework that has made the Association into what it is today.

Happy Birthday Robert Spencer!

Read his reflection about turning 100 in the Ottawa Citizen here.
Join us Tuesday, November 17th at 11am
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NATO-Area Energy Security: The Southeast European Flank
The NATO Association of Canada is holding an event about the geopolitics of the energy transition on NATO's Southeast European flank and its implications for Europe. The event features Senior Research Fellow Dr. Robert Cutler and Research Fellow Mariana Liakopoulou from the NAOC Energy Security Program. They are joined by the Founder and Sr. Advisor of geopolitics and country risk at Verocy B.V, Dr. Cyril Widdershoven, and Dr. Aura Sabadus, Senior Reporter for the Independent Commodity Intelligence Services, London.

Register for the event here.

Rejoignez-nous jeudi 26 novembre à 14 heures (HNE)
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Politique étrangère et multilatéralisme : quel rôle joue le Canada sur la scène internationale ? 
Jeudi 26 novembre, l’Association canadienne pour l’OTAN est heureuse d’organiser une discussion virtuelle en français sur le thème de la place du Canada sur la scène mondiale. Dans le cadre de cet évènement, nous recevrons Jocelyn Coulon, chercheur au Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM) et ancien membre du groupe des conseillers sur les affaires internationales de Justin Trudeau en 2014-2015 et conseiller politique principal du ministre des Affaires étrangères Stéphane Dion en 2016-2017, et Dr. Jonathan Paquin, professeur titulaire au département de science politique de l’Université Laval et chercheur responsable au Réseau d’analyse stratégique (RAS). 

On Thursday, November 26th, the NATO Association of Canada is proud to host a virtual discussion in French about Canada’s role on the world stage. This event will feature Jocelyn Coulon, researcher at the Center for International Studies and Research at the University of Montreal (CÉRIUM) and former member of Justin Trudeau's group of advisers on international affairs in 2014-2015 and senior political advisor to Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion in 2016-2017, and Dr. Jonathan Paquin, full professor in the political science department at Laval University and researcher at the Network for Strategic Analysis (NSA). 
Inscrivez-vous à l’évènement ici.
NATÔ Canada! Podcast
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Épisode 2. L’intelligence artificielle (IA) dans le domaine militaire et en sécurité internationale
Pour sa première édition en français, NATÔ Canada! reçoit Jean-François Gagné, professeur associé au département de science politique à l’Université de Montréal et chercheur au CÉRIUM. Spécialiste de la gouvernance de l’intelligence artificielle (IA) et de l’impact des technologies sur la démocratie, il vient parler avec nous de l’utilisation de l’IA dans le domaine militaire et en sécurité internationale. 

For its first French episode, NATÔ Canada! welcomes Jean-François Gagné, associate professor at the Department of political science of the Université de Montréal and researcher at the CERIUM. Expert in artificial intelligence (AI) governance and the impact of new technologies on democracy, he came to speak with us about the use of AI in the military and in international security.

Listen to this episode of NATÔ Canada! here.
NATO Association Director Kevin Vuong, One of Fourteen Youth Leaders to Advise the Secretary General
NATO Association Director Kevin Vuong is Canada's representative amongst fourteen hand-picked Youth Leaders to advise the Secretary-General about the future of the Alliance. He participated in the #NATO2030 Youth Summit last week.

Watch his response to PM Trudeau's question from the summit here.
NAOC Research Analyst Anvesh Jain, One of Four to Win The #NATO2030 Video Contest
Our former Program Editor and current Research Analyst Anvesh Jain was one of four alliance-wide winners of the #NATO2030 video contest! His name and entry were announced by the Secretary General during the NATO Youth Summit.

Watch his submission here.
November 18th and 19th
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Program Editor, Ravdeep Singh Sandal to Represent the NAOC at the #WeAreNATO Conference
Program Editor Ravdeep Singh Sandal has been selected as one of the two youth delegates to represent Canada at the annual #WeAreNATO conference on November 18th and 19th. At the conference, Ravdeep will have the opportunity to network with likeminded individuals from other NATO member countries, obtain training, and join panels with senior NATO representatives.

Congratualtions Ravdeep! Learn more about Ravdeep Singh Sandal here.
Director Lana Kharlip Chats with NAOC Interns
Last Tuesday, Lana Kharlip, Director at the NAOC, chatted with our interns and provided valuable insight to help with their career development.
Vice Chair Represents The NATO Association at Queen's Park on Remembrance Day
Our Hon. Chair Emerita, Kathryn E Langley Hope, laid a wreath for the NATO Association at Queens Park, Toronto, in remembrance of all those who sacrificed to maintain our peace and security in past conflicts.
NATO Secretary General Congratulates US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulates Joe Biden, a long-time supporter of NATO, and Kamala Harris, following last weeks election results.

Read the full statement here.
NATO Secretary General Stresses Importance of Nuclear Disarmament
On Tuesday November 10, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg calls on Russia and the United States to continue leading the global effort towards safe and reciprocal nuclear arms control and disarmament.

Read the full article here.
Recent Events

Why Sports? The Importance of Sports to Security and the Armed Forces
Last week, the NATO Association of Canada held a panel on the important role that sports has in security and the rules-based international order. 

This panel featured Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret'd) Edward Staniowski, Lieutenant-General Frances Allen, Jay Feyko, National Manager for Soldier On, and Lieutenant-Colonel Sharlene Harding.

Watch the event here.
NATÔ Canada! Podcast
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Episode 1. The Great Caspian Energy Game: New Dimensions
In this podcast, the NATO Association of Canada in partnership with the NATO Research Group out of the University of Toronto, explore issues related to security, prosperity and the international rules-based order.

Each episode features a member of our team interviewing with either a practitioner, expert, or government official.

In this first episode, Robert Cutler, a Senior Research Fellow and program editor for the Energy Security Program interviews NAOC Research Fellow Mariana Liakopoulou on her recent article "New Dimensions of the Great Caspian Energy Game".

Listen to the first episode of "NATO Canada!" here.
Fireside Chat with NATO Special Representative Clare Hutchinson
In anticipation of the 20th anniversary of UNSCR #1325, the NAOC team had the honour of chatting with Clare Hutchinson, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace, and Security.

Watch the full video here.

The NAOC Team
Meet the Fall 2020 Internship Team!
We are excited to introduce our cohort of interns for the fall 2020 session! This diverse group of young leaders are volunteering to bring you a fall filled with spectacular events, articles, and projects.

Read more about them on our Team page here.

Publications
A Harmonious Mirage?: Hidden Costs of Cotton: Charting a Path Towards a More Sustainable Future
Cotton is one of the most contentious non-food crops in the world. In this article, Ethan Schwartz examines the cotton production industry in countries such as China, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan while offering a path forward to sustainability.

Read the full article here.
NATO Video
#WeAreNATO Video

Watch our NATO Association video - Giving Thanks for Nothing - which explains the value of NATO including interaction with the Toronto Scottish Regiment and HMCS York.

Take a look here!