Evidence of meeting #46 for National Defence in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was nato.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Jack Granatstein  As an Individual
  • Ernie Regehr  Research Fellow, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Waterloo, As an Individual

1:15 p.m.

Conservative

Chris Alexander Ajax—Pickering, ON

Fair enough.

You've mentioned that in South Asia and the Middle East the principal responsibility for achieving security remains regional. The UN has a role, but it has been paralyzed or blocked for various reasons over 60 or 70 years. Given that NATO is now an organization of 28 allies that has given itself the task of crisis management and of developing partnerships for security, and that NATO has partners like Afghanistan, some of the gulf states, and Turkey that are in these regions or directly adjacent to them, isn't there a role for NATO in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and crisis management over the longer term, and shouldn't we be preparing for those scenarios in the two regions?

1:20 p.m.

Research Fellow, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Waterloo, As an Individual

Dr. Ernie Regehr

I think there are skills and capacities within the NATO community that ought to be exploited, including when it comes to verification of agreements and those kinds of things. Yes, indeed.

If diplomatic pressure can be brought to bear and harnessed from the NATO community, as the NATO community, then I think too.... I'm not entirely persuaded that this 28 set of states collectively has a diplomatic capacity or a role that, as Professor Granatstein was saying, coalitions of the willing, both diplomatically and militarily, might have, which would include elements of NATO but also other elements.

1:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair James Bezan

Thank you.

Every member has had a chance to ask questions. I understand that people have places to go and people to see.

With that, I want to thank you, Professor Regehr, for attending today, for your insightful testimony, and for the debate that we've had.

I'll entertain a motion to adjourn.

Thank you, Mr. Trudeau.

We're out of here.