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Pod Bless Canada is the Macdonald-Laurier Institute's premier public policy podcast.

    Across the Pond Ep. 4: The Anatomy of NATO Operations

    Across the Pond Ep. 4: The Anatomy of NATO Operations

    The smooth operation of the NATO alliance is vital to the collective security of the transatlantic, including countries like Canada. So what goes into ensuring that missions are planned, organized and executed successfully? And how can readiness and security be maintained across domains in the context of a global pandemic?

    MLI Senior Fellow Balkan Devlen spoke with Burcu San, the Director of Operations in NATO’s Operations Division, as well as Commodore Bradley Peats of the Royal Canadian Navy, who serves as the Commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), to unpack these challenges.

    • 40 min
    L’autre côté de l’étang, épisode 3 : L’avenir des technologies émergentes et de l’OTAN

    L’autre côté de l’étang, épisode 3 : L’avenir des technologies émergentes et de l’OTAN

    En février 2021, l’OTAN a présenté une stratégie pour les technologies émergentes, ce qui témoigne de l'importance grandissante de ces technologies pour l’avenir de la sécurité collective et pour l’OTAN. Dans le troisième épisode de la série « Across the Pond », Christian Leuprecht, chercheur associé à l’Institut Macdonald-Laurier, s’entretient avec Moritz Zimmerman, de l’OTAN, au sujet du développement de l’intelligence artificielle et de la technologie automatisée ainsi que de leurs répercussions sur le mode de fonctionnement de l’OTAN.

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    Across the Pond Ep. 3: The future of emerging technologies and NATO

    In February of this year, NATO put forth a strategy for emerging technologies, a signal of the growing importance of the role of technology in the future of collective security and NATO. In the third installment of the series "Across the Pond," MLI Senior Fellow Christian Leuprecht and Moritz Zimmerman of NATO discuss the development of artificial intelligence and automated technology and how all this affects the mode of function for NATO.

    • 36 min
    Across the Pond Ep. 2: The Past, Present, and Future of Canada in NATO

    Across the Pond Ep. 2: The Past, Present, and Future of Canada in NATO

    Despite it being Canada’s most important security commitment, many Canadians know little about Canada’s history and role in NATO. MLI Senior Fellow Balkan Devlen spoke with Joel Sokolsky and Joseph Jockel about their new book, “Canada in NATO, 1949-2019,” to better understand how Canada’s involvement and engagement with the alliance has shaped our defence and foreign policy while also serving vital roles toward our security and diplomatic interests.

    • 32 min
    Across the Pond Ep. 1: A new podcast series by MLI’s Transatlantic Program

    Across the Pond Ep. 1: A new podcast series by MLI’s Transatlantic Program

    Canada is the quintessential transatlantic nation; our security and prosperity are intimately tied to the security and prosperity of both sides of the Atlantic. Our interests and values are deeply linked with and shared by our NATO allies; Canadians have spent considerable blood and treasure in defence of European democracy, and Canadians continue to stand on guard in Europe to this day.

    To better understand these issues, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute has produced "Across the Pond" - an 8-part podcast series by MLI's Transatlantic Program, in cooperation with NATO's Public Diplomacy Division. This podcast series explores the current and emerging challenges facing Canada and our NATO allies amid a world in flux.

    This first episode features a conversation between MLI Senior Fellow Balkan Devlen and Damien Arnaud, the head of the Canada Program at NATO's Public Diplomacy Division. Devlen and Arnaud outline the topics and issues that the series will cover, setting the stage for the rest of the series, as well as the challenges in the information space (such as disinformation) facing the Alliance today.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 72 – Understanding Vaccine Passports with Aaron Wudrick, Dr Martha Fulford, and Dr Shawn Whatley

    Ep. 72 – Understanding Vaccine Passports with Aaron Wudrick, Dr Martha Fulford, and Dr Shawn Whatley

    The concept of vaccine passports, which would entail providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination to gain access to normally accessible venues and services, has ignited a fierce debate in Canada. What are the benefits and trade offs associated with the policy? Would it successfully encourage vaccine uptake among those hesitant to get their jabs? What unforeseen consequences might spring up from such a policy?

    To make sense of the utility of and challenges associated with vaccine passports, MLI Domestic Policy Program Director Aaron Wudrick spoke with Drs. Martha Fulford and Shawn Whatley.

    • 42 min
    Ep. 71 - Fighting Back Against Global Hostage-Taking with Sarah Teich and Ai-Men Lau

    Ep. 71 - Fighting Back Against Global Hostage-Taking with Sarah Teich and Ai-Men Lau

    September 4th, 2021 marks a grim anniversary for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor; it is their 1000th day of arbitrary detention at the hands Chinese authorities, as part of the regime's retaliation for the lawful arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Canada's lack of action in response to Beijing's hostage-taking has signaled to the international community that this belligerent behaviour can occur with impunity. Furthermore, victims and their families are often left in limbo without a coordinated response from Ottawa.

    MLI Senior Fellow Sarah Teich joined communications officer Ai-Men Lau to discuss the increasing need for a substantive overhaul of Canada's national approach to global hostage-taking. Teich also discusses her joint publication by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Canadian Coalition Against Terror which proposes new legislation titled, “An Act to Address the Taking of Innocent Civilians as Hostages.” She provides policy solutions and recommendations to Canadian decision makers to combat and deter hostage-taking.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

SouthChinaExpat ,

Bite sized policy made interesting!

This isn’t for policy wonks but rather for normal people who want to spend 10-20min getting informed. Time well spent!

JasminCyr ,

Great!

Excellent work! How refreshing to have smart and passionate discussions on Canada in podcast form. Thanks to the host and the MLI.

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