News

October 2017:

* New Publication: Cooper A.F. (2017) “Between Hub Status and Parallelism: Examining the G20-BRICS Dynamics in Global Governance” International Organisations Research Journal, vol. 12, no 2, pp. 146– 163 (in Russian and English). DOI: 10.17323/1996-7845-2017-02-146 

* New Publication: Cooper, A.F. & Zhang, Y. (2017) “Chinese Leadership in the Evolution of “Hub” and “Parallel” Globally Oriented Institutions” Chinese Political Science Review.

September 2017:

Cooper predicts that the club culture will hold amid the geo-political stresses prior to the Xiamen summit: ‘Stresses on the BRICS’ Club Culture at the Xiamen Summit‘.

June 2017:

Cooper attended a select Workshop at Fudan University, Shanghai, on ‘International Leadership in the New World’, on June 20, 2017. He presented a paper with Prof. Zhang Yanbing, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing on: ‘The Evolution of Chinese Leadership in Informal Global-Oriented Institutions: International Insider/Outsider Duality and Domestic Liberal/Nationalist Balancing.’  

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* Cooper chaired and commented on the panel, “Middle Powers and the Middle Kingdom: Canada, Australia, and the Challenge of China”, at the ISA International Conference, at Hong Kong University, June 16, 2017. He also presented a paper (to be published shortly in Global Policy) at the ISA International Conference on ‘The BRICS New Development Bank: Shifting from Material Leverage to Innovative Capacity’. 

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Cooper, Andrew (co-authored with Richard Stubbs) “Contending regionalisms: hubs and challengers in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific” In The Pacific Review.  

* Cooper co-edited the Introduction to a Special Report on “Non-Western Celebrity Politics and Diplomacy” in CELEBRITY STUDIES , Vol. 8 , No. 2, 2017: 312-317. 

May 2017:

Cooper is involved in the Vision 20 Brief for the German G20 Presidency in 2017.

April 2017:

*Cooper’s short article on diplomatic disintermediation was included in Bruce Gregory’s valuable update on public diplomacy resources. Cooper recently attended a workshop on ‘21st Century Diplomacy” organized by SWP in Berlin.

*An earlier collection co-edited by Cooper on Global Health Governance received added (albeit unusual) attention.

March 2017:

Cooper has been chosen as a guest editor for the special issue of International Journal on middle power diplomacy. “The largely Canadian readership of IJ has a natural interest in middle power diplomacy, and we have chosen to devote this special issue to that theme, under the guest editorship of Andrew Cooper of the University of Waterloo and Emel Parlar Dal of Marmara University. Their focus is on the MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey, and Australia) grouping of middle powers.

Cooper and Parlar Dal open with an introductory piece positioning what they see as the third wave of middle power diplomacy. This is followed by a solo article by Cooper in which he assesses the capability of middle powers to act collectively in a world where power has become diffused. Then, Günther Maihold looks at the case of Mexico, and Awidya Santikajaya that of Indonesia. Jongryn Mo examines South Korea’s diplomacy, Emel Parlar Dal and Ali Murat Kurşun that of Turkey, and Susan Harris Rimmer takes a look at the Australian example. Finally, Bruce Gilley examines what he sees as the delusions of grandeur that wait temptingly in the “Goldilocks Zone.”

February 2017:

Cooper has co-edited a Special Issue of international Journal on “Positioning the third wave of middle power diplomacy: Institutional elevation, practice limitations

* Cooper’s working paper “The Disintermediation Dilemma and its Impact on Diplomacy” from the project: Diplomacy in 21st Century was published by German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

* Cooper attends “Vision 20 2017 and the German G-20 Summit” meeting in Washington DC on February 27 2017 attended by a wide ranging group of experts with expertise on the G20 process. 

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January 2017:

Cooper presented a keynote address, ‘The Disintermediation Dilemma and its Impact on Diplomacy’, Conference on the Future Foreign Service, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Copenhagen, 27 January 2017.

December 2016:

Cooper, co-authored (with Asif B Farooq) an article, ‘The Role of China and India in the G20 and BRICS: Commonalities or Competitive Behaviour?’  in a special issue of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Vol 45, No 3 (2016): 73-106 on the theme of  non-traditional security in Sino-Indian relationship

November 2016:

* Cooper delivered one of the keynote addresses (the other was presented by Prof. John Ravenhill, the Director of the BSIA) at a conference on ‘Progress and Challenges in Regional Integration Processes’, organized by the University Center for Social Sciences and Humanities, Mexico and the Pacific Rim Academic Group, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, 25 November 2016. Cooper’s talk was on ‘Contending Regionalisms: Hubs and Challengers in the America and the Asia- Pacific’.
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* Cooper gave (by Skype) the opening presentation, ‘Reframing the BRICS: From Economic Parallelism to Diplomatic Club Activity’, to the Conference on ‘The Role of the BRICS in the Evolution of the New Environmental Governance’, PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 22, 2016. 

*Cooper presented the opening keynote address, ‘The Contested World of Celebrity Diplomats’, to the Popular Culture and World Politics, Balsillie School of International Affairs, 11 November 2016.

* Cooper gave the opening presentation (by Skype) on 22 November to the conference on ‘The Role of the BRICS in the Evolution of the New Environmental Governance’, PUC-Rio,  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

*Cooper was interviewed on 20 November by CTV News Channel on the APEC summit held in Lima, Peru.

October 2016:

* Cooper presented a paper, “Between Hub Status and Parallelism: Examining the G20-BRICS Dynamics in Global Governance,” at a conference on “G20 and BRICS: ­ New Global Governance institutions”, October 25, 2016, hosted by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Moscow, Russian Federation.
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* Andrew Cooper, presented a paper on “The Ascendancy of Informalism in World Politics: Global Governance Meets Geo-Politics, ” at the CPG 7th Annual International Conference “The Great Game Reloaded: Order and Disorder in Geopolitics and Global Governance,” Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, October 14.
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September 2016:

Cooper presented a paper “Competing Images of Canada in the World: Instrumental Nuances/Symbolic Divides,” at a symposium  marking the 10th anniversary of the Canada Fulbright Chair in Public Diplomacy. The event was titled, ‘Rebooting Canadian Public Diplomacy: The Current State and Future Prospects for Public Diplomacy in Canada,’ held on September 30, 2016 in Annenberg School, University of Southern California.

August 2016:

The BRICS – A Very Short Introduction  was reviewed by Oliver Stuenkel on The Post Western World.

July 2016:

*The BRICS – A Very Short Introduction  was reviewed by Vikas Datta on Yahoo News.

*Andrew Cooper is member of Vision 20 Working Group that released a Blue Paper ahead of the Hangzhou G20.

May 2016:

* Cooper is launching his new book The BRICS – A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) at the Shanghai Forum under sponsored by both the Forum and the BRICS Centre at Fudan University on 31 May 2016.

*  Cooper attended The 2030 Agenda and Pathways to Sustainable Development International Cooperation and the G20 Presidencies of China and Germany, Berlin T20 Conference (12-13 May 2016) sponsored by  Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

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TS20 Conference, DIE, FSE

April 2016:

Andrew Cooper publishes The BRICS in the prestigious OUP VSI series. For more: The BRICS – A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)

March 2016:

Andrew Cooper with Jérémie Cornut, Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo, is leading a new project on “Frontline Diplomacy”. They have convened 3 panels related to this project at the Atlanta ISA on March 15. They have also been awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant with matching support from the BSIA to further pursue this research.

Feb 2016:

*Andrew F. Cooper presented a paper “Shifting the BRICS from a club-oriented project: societal pressure and state-centric resistance” at the Workshop ‘From Rule-takers to Rule-makers: Emerging Powers in the Regulation of International Trade’ at the Global Studies Institute (Unige) University of Geneva, February 9th and 10th 2016

* A new review of Andrew F Cooper’s book Diplomatic Afterlives (Polity, 2014) by Marcus Holmes ‘Diplomacy after Policymaking: Theorizing Hyper-Empowered Individuals’ in International Studies Review, 17, 4: 708-710. Excerpt: “Andrew F. Cooper’s brilliant book—one that will be of interest to scholars and students of IR, diplomacy, and foreign policy—chronicles the importance of leaders—particularly highly successful and transformational leaders such as Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, and Tony Blair—once they have retired from official public office but have not yet faded away from policymaking and the construction of international politics. Cooper notes in the opening pages “that the contributions of these former leaders need to be recognized and examined seriously as operational boundary-spanners” (p. vi). No longer in policy offices, but clearly still having effects on policy, Cooper contends that these types of former leaders are best thought of as “hyper-empowered individuals” (p. vii); put into the context of a theory of agency, these are individuals who, perhaps given their liminal status, are in a particularly powerful position to transcend the limitations of structure and affect outcomes. The central claim of the book is that these types of exceptional former leaders often capitalize on their celebrity, embeddedness in “club” networks, and desire to create normative change to work outside of the established state-centric order in transforming that order.”

Nov 2015:

The Ascendancy of Informalism in Global Governance: Implications for the UN, the Global South, and Middle Powers,” Istanbul Security Conference 2015, “UN at 70 and Global Governance,” Marmara University, December 4, 2015.

Cooper in Turkey for Keynote Speech

Cooper in Turkey for Keynote Speech

September 2015:

($CAD) $123,264. PI (with Bessma Momani and Richard Stubbs) SSHRC Insight Grant, “The ‘Thickening’ of Regional Institutions in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East: A Comparative Analysis.” Related paper: Presentation of paper (with Richard Stubbs), “Mapping the ‘Thickening’ of Regional Institutions in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East,” “World Society in the Making? Varieties of Transnational Institutions,’” Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, Germany, December 7-8. 2015.

July 2015:

* Andrew Cooper presented a keynote address on ‘The Ascendancy of Informalism in World Politics: Placing the global South at a disadvantage or a different form of leverage?’ at 5º Encontro Nacional, Belo Horizonte, no campus Coração Eucarístico da PUC Minas, July 29, 2015.

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June 2015:

* Andrew Cooper appeared for an interview with  CTV’s ‘Power Play’ on the G7.

May 2015:

*Andrew Cooper contributed a Policy brief,  “The Recalibration of Middle Powers under Conditions of Stress and Opportunity“,  for the SAIIA Economic Diplomacy Programme (March 2015).

* Andrew Cooper presented a paper on The future of small state diplomacy: matching disruptive thinking with constructive forms of activity, at the conference, ‘The Caribbean Beyond Today: Disruptive thinking. Bold action. Practical solutions’, 5?8th May 2015, UWI & The Hyatt, Trinidad and Tobago

April 2015:

* Andrew Cooper gave the Eighth Coverdell Lecture, “The Contested Nature of the ‘Afterlives’ of Former Leaders,” at Georgia College, Milledgeville, Georgia, on 20 April.

*Andrew F Cooper is presenting a paper, “Why don’t American athletes act as global activists, and what are the consequences for philanthropy?” at the Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication Forum 2015, University of Iowa, April 10, 2015.

March 2015:

* Andrew F. Cooper participated in the Q&A event on  ‘What Are the Top Issues Facing the OAS’ Next Leader?‘ in Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Advisor, March 18, 2015.

* Andrew F. Cooper has written a working paper for the Korean East Asian Institute, as part of MacArthur Asian Security Initiatives.

February 2015:

* Andrew Cooper’s latest book Diplomatic Alternatives  was reviewed by Stephen Minas, which was featured on LSE’s Review of Book.

January 2015:

* Andrew Cooper provided opening and closing overviews at a conference held at the University of Sheffield:  Informal Political Actors in East Asia, Russia and the Arab World. It was a one-day conference hosted by the White Rose East Asia Centre, a joint collaboration of the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield and funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council

* Andrew Cooper delivered a keynote address, on ‘MIKTA and the ascent of Informalism,’ to the 26th Reunion of Mexico’s Annual Ambassadors and Consuls Conference, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Mexico City, 7 January, 2015.

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December 2014:

The Mail  & Guardian, a leading newspaper in South Africa,  published the Mandela chapter of andrew Cooper’s  Diplomatic Afterlives book on the 1st anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death.

* Andrew Cooper is attending a conference on “Alliances Beyond BRICS: South Africa’s Role in Global Economic Governance,” organized by SAIIA and the University of Pretoria, South Africa, 4-5 December 2014, with participants from South Africa, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Mexico, Indonesia, and Nigeria.

November 2014:

* Andrew Cooper is the recipient of the 2014 University of Waterloo Arts Research Award.

* Andrew Cooper’s latest book is published by Polity/Wiley, titled Diplomatic Afterlives on the role of former leaders in world politics.  

*Andrew Cooper has two publications on the G20 prior to the 15-16 November 2014 Brisbane Summit.
He has a Setting the Scene article: “G20: An Ongoing Evolution,” in Melissa Conley Tyler and Nick Snelling (Eds), G20: Words into Action Brisbane 2014 (Australian Institute of International Affairs and Faircount Media, Sydney: 2014).
He has a contribution to a Forum on the G20 in the Caribbean Journal of International Relations @ Diplomacy, “The G20 and Contested Global Governance: BRICS, Middle Powers and Small States.”
He also has a publication, coauthored with Bessma Momani and Asif B. Farooq on Arab Spring in the Digest of Middle East Studies, Vol. 23, No.2, titled “The United States and Bahrain: Interpreting the Differentiated U.S. Responses to the Arab Spring.”

* Andrew Cooper and Asif Farooq has presented a paper at the BRICS Parma conference in Parma, Italy on the New Development Bank. The paper titled, “Testing the Club Culture of the BRICS: The Evolution of the New Development Bank” is also published on the prestigious European portal federalismi.it.

July 2014:

* Andrew Cooper and Bessma Momani will present a policy brief, “Re-balancing the G20 from Efficiency to Legitimacy: The 3G Coalition and the Practice of Global Governance,” at the Mission of Singapore to the United Nations, New York City, July 8, 2014. This event is held under the auspices of ACUNS and the journal Global Governance.

June 2014:

*Andrew Cooper presented on “Post-Global Governance? Regionalisation, Renationalisation and the return of bilateralism?”,  at the Berlin Summer Dialogue “Global Governance: A Past Concept with Future Prospects?“,  Louise-Schroeder-Saal in the Berlin Town Hall Sponsored by the Development and Peace Foundation, Bonn, on June 25.

* Andrew Cooper is taking about the big themes – and implications – of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy, during “Diplomacy Week” in Ottawa at the invitation Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers.

May 2014:

* Andrew Cooper (with Jorge Heine from WLU) was the convenor of the first module on Contemporary Diplomacy at The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean, Institute of International Relations, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, May 7-13, 2014.  The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean was formally opened by the Honourable Winston Dookeran, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,  on May 6, 2014.

April 2014:

* Andrew Cooper will be giving a lecture on “The Rise of Informal Summitry: Implications for Global Governance,” for the 8th  Käte Hamburger Lecture on April 15, 2014, at Dusiburg, Germany.

March 2014:

* Cooper will be presenting a paper on “India and Global Governance: “Catching up” with Formal Organizations Versus Adapting to Informalism,” at an International Symposium in honour of Professor Y.K.Alagh, “Towards a Desirable Future for India in an Increasingly Globalised Society,” Organised by the Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi, March 9, 2014,  India International Centre, New Delhi.


January 2014:

*Andrew Cooper has taken up residency as Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, Germany for the period from January 15 to April 15, 2014.

*Andrew Cooper is named as one of the members of the International Advisory Board for a new book series from Lexington, “Europe and the World.”

December 2013:

Andrew Cooper has also been named to the advisory of a UK Economic and Social Research Council – Department for International Development (ESRC/DFID) project, Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration: A Comparative Analysis of SADC and UNASUR health policies.

November 2013:

Andrew Cooper presented papers on “India and Informal Institution, with special reference to the G20 and BRICS” at The Central University of Gujarat on November 18 and at The Institute for Human Development, New Delhi on November 22.

October 2013:

* Andrew Cooper participated in a panel, “Modern Diplomacy: A Conversation and Book Launch,” on Friday, October 25th at Trinity College and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Toronto with The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, 21st PM of Canada, The Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, and Hon. Bill Graham, Chancellor, Trinity College, along with Professor Jorge Heine.

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*Andrew Cooper will be presenting a paper with Asif Farooq at the international conference on Promoting Democracy: What Roles for the Emerging Powers? The conference will be held at the University of Ottawa on 15-16 October. It is organized by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the German Development Institute (GDI). The paper is titled: “Emerging Donors: The Promise and Limits of Bilateral and Multilateral Democracy Promotion.” For the conference program, click here: Promoting Democracy

September 2013:

*Andrew Cooper will be participating at the BPC-GIGA Conference on Rising Powers and Contested Orders in the Multipolar System, Rio de Janeiro, 19-20 September 2013.

*Andrew Cooper presented a paper on G20 in Moscow. The paper presentation can be accessed here:

Building the G20 from St. Petersburg to Brisbane


July 2013:

A book launch event for the Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy took place in Mexico City on July 22, 2013 with the presence of Dr. Jose Antonio Meade (Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico), Dr. Andrew F. Cooper, Dr. Jorge Heine, Ambassador Andres Rozental, Ambassador Alfonso De Maria Y Campos, and Ambassador Alicia Buenrostro. For video click on this link.

Andrew Cooper has been invited to serve as a member of the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy’s Editorial Board The Caribbean Journal of International Relations & Diplomacy is a collaborative effort between the Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies and the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

May 2013:

A book launch event was held in New York on June 26th, 2013 at the American Society. Jorge Heine, Heraldo Munoz, Richard Feinberg, Andrew Cooper and Christopher Sabatini appeared in a photo session during the successful book launch.

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(From left to right) Jorge Heine, CIGI Chair in Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, Heraldo Munoz, Director of the UNDP’s Latin American and Caribbean Bureau, Richard Feinberg, Professor of International Political Economy, University of California San Diego, Andrew Cooper, Professor, Department of Political Science, and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Director of the CSRGC, University of Waterloo, and Christopher Sabatini, senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas.

May 2013:

Already in 2013, two book projects that I have been involved in have appeared in print. The most ambitious of these is The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy that is being launched in multiple sites. I have also co-authored the first stand-alone book on the G20, with a Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin.