We'll now continue with our study of NATO's strategic concept and Canada's role in international defence cooperation.
It is indeed a great pleasure to be joined by James Appathurai, the Deputy Assistant Secretary General of NATO, the second highest ranking civilian in NATO. He's with the political affairs and security policy section and is special representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, and he's a Canadian.
Welcome back. I know it's always good to come home.
I'll turn it over to you for opening comments, and we will ask our questions after that.