I am a Professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science, and Director of The Centre for the Study on Rapid Global Change, University of Waterloo, Canada.
My specific areas of expertise are global governance; the proliferation of regional institutionalism; conventional and unconventional diplomacy; summit forums including the G20 and the BRICS; as well as the reshaping of the international hierarchy.
This specialized focus allows me to write in a substance fashion on a variety issues of global salience – with a particular interest where diplomacy intersects with global governance. However, I have also gained expertise and a reputation for commenting on the unconventional side of global politics, both in terms of celebrity non-state activism and unorthodox albeit innovative behavior by states.
I received my Doctorate from Oxford University, and have been a Visiting scholar at Harvard University, Australian National University, Stellenbosch University, SAIS John-Hopkins, and the Léger Fellow, Policy Staff, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada. In 2009 I was the Canada-US Fulbright Research Chair, Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, which allowed me to immerse myself in sophisticated studies of communications at the Annenberg School. I served as a member of the International Advisory Board of the GARNET Network of Excellence on Global Governance, Regionalisation and Regulation and was a member of the Warwick Commission on the Future of the Multilateral Trade Regime.
I am author/co-author of 9 books, including the Group of Twenty volume in the Routledge’s Global Institutions series (2013); Internet Gambling Offshore: Caribbean Struggles over Casino Capitalism (Palgrave, Macmillan, 2011); Celebrity Diplomacy (Paradigm, 2007); Intervention Without Intervening? OAS and Democracy in the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); and Relocating Middle Powers: Australia and Canada in a Changing World Order (University of British Columbia Press/University of Melbourne Press, 1993). I am also editor/co-editor of 21 collections including the Oxford Handbook of Diplomacy (OUP, 2013); Rising States, Rising Institutions: Challenges for Global Governance (Brookings, 2010); Which Way Latin America: Hemispheric Politics Meets Globalization (United Nations University Press, 2009); The Diplomacies of Small States: Between Vulnerability and Resilience (Palgrave, 2009); and Emerging Powers and Global Governance: Lessons from the Heiligendamm Process (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Studies in International Governance Series, 2008) (Chinese translation: Shanghai People’s Publication House, 2009).
My scholarly publications have appeared many of the leading International Relations journals: International Organization, International Affairs, World Development, International Studies Review, Third World Quarterly, International Interactions, Political Science Quarterly, Global Policy Journal, Washington Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Global Society, Global Governance, and New Political Economy.
My work however has also been profiled in a variety of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ media outlets: ABC Good Morning America, The New York Time’s Room for Debate; The Independent, The Guardian, Times of India, China Daily, CBC’s Q, Variety Magazine,and the Washington Diplomat. I have served as a member of the editorial board of Foreign Policy Analysis, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science.
My research activities and public speaking appearances reflect this hybridity, with appearances that reflect my interest in both global buzz and diplomatic bite. I have attended all but one of the G20 summits, including the first one in Washington DC in the midst of the November 2008 global financial crisis. I have had commentaries, and/or been interviewed in Financial Times, Business Day (South Africa), Al Jazeera, Globe and Mail, Daily Yomiuri, Far Eastern Economic Review, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Australian, and Agence France Presse. I have spoken about celebrity activism on panels organized by the WNYC, National Public Radio, BBC World Service, France 24, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where I appeared on a panel with Israel Idonije of the Chicago Bears.
I have delivered keynote addresses and/or invited presentations as School of International Studies, Renmin University, Beijing, The Matías Romero Institute, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, Mexico City, (IBEI, Barcelona, the annual meeting of Oxfam International, Geneva, Clingendael Institute, The Hague, Netherlands, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, Washington, D.C, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Berlin, The China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), Beijing, The Skelton-Menzies Lecture, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University, Distinguished Speakers series. Concordia University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies In German-speaking Countries. Grainau, and a number of appearances before the House of Commons, Canada’s Foreign Policy/Defence Committees. I have also written a blog for Huffington Post Canada.
I aim to extend and embellish my hybrid interests. I am commissioned to do a book on Former Leaders (Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Jimmy Carter, but also the Elders supported by Richard Branson), that combine elements of both club and networked celebrity diplomacy. I am coediting a Special Issue of Third World Quarterly on Foreign Policy Strategies of Emerging Powers in a Multipolar World that should appear in September. I am continuing to explore the theme of vulnerability and reliance, with trips to Israel (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) and embedded forms of cooperation with a variety of South Korean think tanks. I am also doing a series of promotional activities with respect to the just released G20 book and the Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy. Finally, but not least, I am hoping to extend my expertise on the BRICS with catch-up trips to some if not all of these key countries in the next year.