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As NATO allies that are not in the European Union, Canada and Turkey share an interest in preserving the Alliance as the premier transatlantic body for defense dialogue and cooperation. On future membership, NATO as an institution must provide reasonable, pre-accession programs that strengthen security and encourage reform. Whether in the Balkans, Central Europe, Ukraine or Georgia, the Alliance should remain open to all those who share our values and are ready to contribute to Euro-Atlantic security. A number of well-established NATO nations were once themselves beneficiaries of the Open Door policy. We must remain open to membership aspirants and continue to reinforce the important role NATO has played in stabilizing relations in Europe, both during the Cold War and after, by extending the benefits of Alliance membership to others.

 

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Foreword Following the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, there had been a shared sense of hope for a more peaceful future for the European continent. Unfortunately, this comfortability disappeared after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march against the Ukrainian forces throughout the border on 24 February 2022. This marked a turning point not only for the...
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