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Canada’s place in the world is shifting, and its ability to defend itself and foster international security is being challenged. As we started thinking about a network, Donald Trump became President, shaking most of the assumptions of Canadian defence and security policy. The new set of crises—North Korea’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the trade war with the United States, Brexit—all made clear that defence reviews every four or eight years or longer are simply not sufficient. An on-going partnership is required. No one scholar or team of researchers can address of this, nor can government, the military, or civil society adapt by itself. We need to bring together the entire Canadian defence and security community, along with international expertise, to have a sustained, dynamic effort to anticipate and respond to these strategic shifts.


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