In 2021, NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) is heading into its fourth year. Canada’s commitment as the Framework Nation for the eFP battlegroup in Latvia is currently its largest foreign military deployment. It is also one of the few overseas missions that has not been scaled back due to COVID-19.
Born out of necessity, the eFP model is arguably the most important military and political innovation in ensuring NATO’s sustainability, flexibility and relevance since the end of the Cold War. For Framework Nations, such as Canada, to sustain their commitment to the eFP, it is important to consider and effectively communicate the objective and progress of the mission. Almost four years into this deployment, it is an opportune moment to step back to reflect on what has been learned so far from the eFP experiment.
To this end, MLI hosted a webinar launch for a new volume released by the NATO Defense College, titled Lessons from the Enhanced Forward Presence, 2017-2020. This important publication, with contributions from experts from across the transatlantic, is edited by Alexander Lanoszka and MLI senior fellows Alex Moens and Christian Leuprecht. The program for this event can be found here.