Former diplomat. Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute & University of Montreal’s Centre for International Studies and Research (CERIUM). Author, Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations (Lynne Rienner, 2009).
The most pressing and “wicked” transnational issues of our times- climate change, resource scarcity, pandemic disease, and weapons of mass destruction – are all rooted in science and technology. We are witnessing our planet being propelled towards a tipping point beyond which recovery may prove impossible. Re-imagination of diplomacy and the role and competencies of the diplomat is imperative if catastrophe is to be averted. We need to develop a synergistic approach to statecraft, and managing the relationship between science, technology, diplomacy, and international relations.