Northern Insights

An Interview with John Baird

Canada plays a key role in North American geopolitics — one essential to the stable functioning of many central global institutions, including NATO. Here, the nation’s former foreign minister talks Donald Trump, the fight over free trade, the vacuum created by U.S. withdrawal from a world leadership position, and the future of the Atlantic alliance in the face of a resurgent Russia.

Octavian Report: What’s your take on NATO’s durability and the big strategic challenges facing it?

John Baird: I think NATO was in danger, after the Cold War, of becoming obsolete. Certainly, 9/11 had an impact, but I think the growing Russian aggression …

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