The only times that foreign policy has been a significant issue in contemporary presidential elections have been during wars or major international crises. But to say that foreign policy is electorally less important than domestic policy is not to say that it is unimportant.
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Every generation of Australian thinkers and policy-makers grapples with the conceptual and practical aspects of engaging Asia. From 2020, a volatile and uncertain strategic environment - profoundly and rapidly re-shaped by the global pandemic - will present new and difficult questions for us all.