The past year offers a grim reminder that global threats are increasingly complex, systemic, and dangerous. Yet with the exception of Afghanistan and the detainment of Canadians in China, Canada’s political parties have studiously avoided serious treatment of foreign policy during this year’s short campaign season. Indeed, the subject was taken off the table entirely at the most recent leaders debate. While international affairs always play second fiddle to domestic concerns during elections, this is short-sighted. Today’s mega-threats may seem distant, but they have also never been more local. More than ever, the decisions taken by national governments to address them over the coming years will have deeply personal and generational implications.

There is certainly no shortage of global crises to worry about. Rising tensions between China and the U.S. over everything from 5G to Taiwan are ramping-up the…

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