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Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight: Canadian Strategic Communications and Information Operations in Latvia, Operation Reassurance 2019-2020

by Chris Wattie - November 24, 2022

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Images of soldiers looking at a clipboard and a secondary image of Latvia map.
Major Caroline Pollock attends an exercise planning brief alongside her American and Latvian counterparts in the Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, on Exercise Allied Spirit VI during Operation Reassurance, 18 March 2017.

When the first Canadian soldiers arrived in Latvia in 2017 to assume the leadership of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battle group, they faced a threat unlike any in our military history. The Canadian-led battle group, along with flanking units in Estonia and Lithuania (led by the United Kingdom and Germany respectively) and an American battle group in Poland, was created to demonstrate NATO’s resolve to defend all its members, including the small and geographically–vulnerable Baltic States.

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