Join Daryl Copeland, author of Guerrilla Diplomacy and Senior Fellow at the Munk Centre and PCS students Lauren Alexiuk and Anila Akram for a discussion of what might be done to better equip diplomacy, the foreign ministry and the Foreign Service to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
For anyone with a penchant for negotiation and compromise, and a general preference for talking over fighting and dialogue over diktat, diplomacy should matter. But diplomacy has been sidelined and is facing a crisis of relevance and effectiveness. This may be attributed in large part to its inability to adapt to the exigencies of globalization, that totalizing historical force which continues to condition, if not determine outcomes across a broad range of human activity. A rising tide of violence, inequality, and unaddressed threats provides powerful testament not only to the socialization of globalization’s costs and the privatization of its benefits, but to the abject failure of diplomacy to engage remedially.
Mr. Copeland grew up in downtown Toronto, and received his formal education at the University of Western Ontario (Gold Medal, Political science; Chancellor’s Prize, Social Sciences) and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Canada Council Special MA Scholarship). He has spent years backpacking on six continents, and enjoys travel, photography, arts and the outdoors. Mr. Copeland serves as a peer reviewer for Canadian Foreign Policy, the International Journal, and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Place Branding and Public Diplomacy.
From 1981 to 2009 Mr. Copeland served as a Canadian diplomat with postings in Thailand, Ethiopia, New Zealand and Malaysia. Among his positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in Ottawa, Mr. Copeland has worked as Deputy Director for International Communications; Director for Southeast Asia; Senior Advisor, Public Diplomacy; Director of Strategic Communications Services; and, Senior Advisor, Strategic Policy and Planning and spent three years as Director at the Canadian Institute of International Affairs.