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Feb 3, 2016
Daryl Copeland, Senior Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Policy Fellow at the University of Montreal’s Centre for International Studies and Research (CERIUM), is an analyst, author, consultant and educator specializing in the role of science and technology in diplomacy, international policy, global issues and public management. From 1981 to 2011 Copeland served as a Canadian diplomat, with postings in Thailand, Ethiopia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. He was actively involved in the genesis of Canadian public and digital diplomacy in the 1990s and resisted the imposition of political control and communications centralization following the election of a Conservative government in 2006.
Copeland is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, he sits on the International Advisory Board of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, and is the author of Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations as well as some 175 articles published in the scholarly and popular press. He is a frequent commentator and public speaker, and teaches an advanced seminar on international science and technology at universities and diplomatic training institutes around the world.
Over the past several years Copeland has been exploring the development-security nexus, and in particular the implications of the emergence of heteropolarity, a model of world order in which the vectors of power and influence are characterized more by difference than by similarity. In response to the challenges posed by a vexing array of wicked issues for which there are no military solutions, ranging from climate change and diminishing biodiversity to resource scarcity and genomics, he has proposed an emphasis on science diplomacy. This specialized instrument of diplomatic tradecraft is a sub-set of public diplomacy especially well-suited to addressing the problems of globalization.
In November 2015 Copeland delivered a keynote address on Diaspora Science Communities at the Canadian Science Policy Conference. This April, he will be teaching at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and in May is helping to design and organize an international conference on science diplomacy at the Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance in London. He was recently invited by the government of Thailand to deliver a series of lectures in that country, and next September will be participating in a seminar at USC on the future of Canadian public diplomacy to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of its US-Canada Fulbright Chair.
Residing at present in Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand, Copeland is escaping the Canadian winter and contemplating another book project - likely something on science and diplomacy - while tramping, trout fishing, and wine tasting.
See Guerrilla Diplomacy for more on Daryl Copeland's public diplomacy work and follow him on Twitter @GuerrillaDiplo.
Some recent publications include:
- "Can Justin Trudeau Rebrand Canadian Diplomacy?" CPD Blog, February 2, 2016.
- "Globalization and the New Threat Set: Rethinking diplomacy in a Heteropolar World", in Walter Kemp and Charles Erlich (eds.) History in the Making: Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future. New York: International Peace Institute/Salzburg Global Forum (2016, forthcoming)
- "Science Diplomacy: Managing "Wicked" Issues in the Age of Globalization" in Paul Sharp and Costas Constantinou (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Diplomacy. London: SAGE ( 2016, forthcoming)
- "Science and diplomacy after Canada’s lost decade: Counting the costs, looking beyond", CGAI Policy Paper, 06 November 2015.
- “Bridging the Chasm: Why Science and Technology Must Become Priorities for Diplomacy and International Policy”, Science and Diplomacy,29 July 2015.
- “Rebuilding Canada’s international capacity: Diplomatic reform in the age of globalization”, Canadian Government Executive, 21:4, 15 April 2015.
- “From foreign service to international service? Perhaps necessary, but by no means sufficient to fix Canadian diplomacy”, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, 21:1 (2015).
- “Humanity’s best hope: Increasing diplomatic capacity in ten (uneasy) steps”, CDFAI Policy Paper, (September 2014).
- “Science Diplomacy, Globalization and WikiLeaks”, in Lloyd Davis and Robert Patman (eds.) Science Diplomacy: New Day or False Dawn.Singapore: World Scientific (2014), pp. 171-198.
- “The Emergence of Science Diplomacy” (Copeland et. al.) in Lloyd Davis and Robert Patman (eds.) Science Diplomacy: New Day or False Dawn.Singapore: World Scientific (2014), pp 3-24.
- “Rethinking Diplomacy: Globalization, Heteropolarity and the Evolution Imperative”, The Journal of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, 14:2 (December, 2014), pp 5-18.
- “Mondialisation, hétéropolarité et l’impératif d’évolution de la diplomatie” in Tanguy de Wilde d’Estmael, Michel Liégeois et Raoul Delcorde (eds.) La diplomatie au coeur des turbulences Internationals, Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain, (2014), pp 195-208.
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