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August 10, 2021 Recording – NATO: Solution or Problem?



  • Paul Robinson


  • Robin Collins

The Taliban are advancing in Afghanistan; Libya remains in a state of chaos; and NATO enlargement has heightened tensions on Europe’s eastern borders – NATO’s record in the past two decades is not looking particularly good. Nonetheless, at its most recent summit, the alliance broadened its horizons, speaking in terms of containing China – a state far removed from the North Atlantic. In light of these developments, Professor Paul Robinson of the University of Ottawa will discuss whether NATO is a solution to problems of international security or whether it is itself one of the problems.


Paul Robinson is a professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of numerous works of Russian and Soviet history, international security, military history, and military ethics. Professor Robinson writes regularly for the international press, and is the author of the Irrussianality blog.

Robin Collins has been active in supporting disarmament, global governance, peace and peacekeeping for more than 30 years. He is currently co-chair of the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons,  and secretary of Canadian Pugwash Group where he has presented on NATO nuclear policy, and peacekeeping success and failure. Collins is past  chair of the Group of 78 working group on peace and security. He is also secretary of the World Federalist Movement – Canada, where he focuses on UN peacekeeping, UN Emergency Peace Service, Responsibility to Protect and UN reform.

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