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Andrew F. Cooper

Distinguished Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation
Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo

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In Book Talk 6, Andrew F. Cooper discusses his co-edited book, The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy. Co-edited with Jorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur, the book explores the ever-changing nature of diplomatic practices and the various forces impacting the profession. The book features the writings of practitioners and scholars and includes insight into the latest developments in the field. Cooper categorizes the tension between the forces of continuity and change as a major dilemma for diplomacy. Additionally, moving forward, diplomacy will likely become less state-centric, particularly in regards to issues like environmental policy which cannot be solved exclusively by state actors. Cooper points out that the appetite for global governance requires diplomats to act in a different way. There is an increasing need for cooperation and open diplomacy across borders. Cooper also discusses the notion of diplomacy becoming a client based service industry and the opportunities and threats that accompany such a trend.

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Andrew F. Cooper, Background

Andrew F. Cooper is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo where he teaches in the areas of International Political Economy, Global Governance and Comparative Politics. He holds a D.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University. From January to May 2009, he served as Visiting Fulbright Chair at the Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, and has previously been a visiting professor at Australian National University, Stellenbosch University and Harvard University.

Dr. Cooper has led training sessions on trade issues, governance and diplomacy in Canada, South Africa and at the World Trade Organization, and in 1993-94 was scholar in residence at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). He has attended the numerous G8 summits and each of the G20 summits and is currently leading a major research project on the global economic crisis and reform of the international financial architecture, in partnership with Chatham House. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of both the GARNET Network of Excellence and the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and has been a member of the Warwick Commission.

Dr. Cooper’s most recent publications focus on emerging powers, G8 reform, small states, Latin America, global health governance and the phenomenon of celebrity diplomacy.
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Recorded June 2013.