It’s easy to feel overwhelmed these days. There’s climate change, vast refugee movements, economic uncertainty and endless arguing about how to deal with COVID-19. There’s the drumbeat of war in Ukraine, tensions in the Taiwan Strait, North Korean missile tests and persistent unrest in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. There’s was also an attempted coup in the United States, the current rising tide of nationalist and populist movements in democracies, including and massive unrest in Canada — IN CANADA!

A growing feeling of helplessness is exacerbated by a sense that the problem isn’t merely that the West is adrift, but that a countervailing power is growing more capable and purposeful. A new axis seeks global leadership which is triggering calls to defend the existing “rules-based order.” The focus until recently was on China, but events in Europe remind us that Russia too is a revisionist power, a potent and perhaps more reckless source of disorder.

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