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17:30 - 19:30 17 June 2013

NATO, Afghanistan and Canada’s Alliances


Lecture Theater 103, First Floor | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PN | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Karolina MacLachlan, King’s College London

UCL-Institute of the Americas is delighted to host Karolina MacLachlan, PhD candidate at KCL, to deliver this seminar. This talk examines the evolution of Canadian alliance relationships with NATO and with the United States during the Canadian Forces' deployment to Kandahar (southern Afghanistan) in 2005-2011. It argues that while Canada's membership in NATO is safe, the main legacy of the Kandahar deployment is the perceived breakdown of allied solidarity, fed by the failure to share risks and burdens in Afghanistan in an equitable way. This in turn results in widespread scepticism as to the utility and capabilites of NATO. However, even as NATO's stock goes down among Canadian elites, the stock of selected allies goes up. Among those allies, the pre-eminent position is held by the United States: the readiness to put troops in combat situations and to reinforce Canadian soldiers in Kandahar rendered the U.S. one of the very few allies seen as reliable by Canadian elites.


Oscar Martinez
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