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Canadian Air Task Force jets CF-188 stands in the Siauliai air base August 26, 2014.
Canadian Air Task Force jets CF-188 stands in the Siauliai air base August 26, 2014.
(INTS KALNINS/REUTERS)

COLIN ROBERTSON

What NATO members must do to empower the alliance

“Keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down” was how Lord Ismay, NATO’s first Secretary General (1952 to 1957), described the Alliance that has since become both the sword and shield of our liberal international order.

Recent events revalidate Lord Ismay’s trope except that Germany now needs to take on responsibilities within NATO commensurate with its leadership within Europe. The rest of the Alliance, including Canada, also need to step up their commitments.