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Andrew Cooper

CIGI Distinguished Fellow and BSIA Professor

After graduating from Oxford University with a D.Phil. in international relations, Andrew F. Cooper returned to his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Waterloo, as an assistant professor in the early 1980s.

Through his initial work in the political science department, Andrew helped establish The Centre for Foreign Policy and Federalism at the university, becoming progressively interested in the developing field of global governance.

Over the next two decades, this interest in global governance saw Andrew attain visiting fellowships at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs, the Australian National University’s Department of International Relations, and at DFAIT as the Léger Fellow, Planning Staff.

In 2000 he was the Canada-US Fulbright Scholar at John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. During this time, Andrew was the co-recipient of the Canada-Australia Bicentennial Institutional Research Award for the book Relocating Middle Powers, wrote a number of well-cited scholarly publications and led training sessions on trade issues, governance and diplomacy in Canada, South Africa and at the World Trade Organization.

Andrew joined CIGI in 2002 and has been a resident expert on a wide array of governance topics, including emerging powers, G8 reform, small states, Latin America, global health governance and the phenomenon of celebrity diplomacy. He has authored, co-authored and edited numerous books, policy briefs and journal articles, and been widely quoted and published in the international media.

Dr. Cooper has continued to be involved in international governance scholarship as a professor at the University of Waterloo, and in 2009, he received another Fulbright award as a visiting research chair at the Center on Public Diplomacy (University of Southern California). Andrew is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the GARNET Network of Excellence and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy.
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A World View of the Economy in 2012

The beginning of the New Year brings an opportunity akin to other pundits about how trends or results will come to the fore in 2012. It is tempting to simply say there will be another crisis as usual in the Eurozone, with austerity measures becoming more embedded. But the damage this year will likely extend to the global image of the E.U.
01/05/2012 05:02 EST

Greece 2011: Argentina 2002 Redux?

This comparison should give the Greeks some hope -- after all, Argentine 10-year government bonds today are comparable to other emerging market economies and investors flocked back to Argentina. What did Argentina do and what can Greece learn from its experience?
12/15/2011 11:12 EST

Obama's Long Week of Contrasting Summits

A week is a long time in global summitry. This reality is dramatically captured in the performance of President Barack Obama and the shift from the Cannes G20 to the Hawaii meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
11/19/2011 08:49 EST

Obama's G20 Troubles

The first day of the French G20 is a good indication the U.S. is losing its dominant role -- and even strong interest -- in the G20. By way of contrast, with the pivotal role that the U.S. enjoyed in...
11/03/2011 12:11 EDT

Bill Gates Pushes Financial Sector to Pay its Fair Share

Amid the attention given to the entertainment celebrities operating as outsiders, there is a need also to see how a different type of celebrity from the world of business -- Bill Gates -- is acting as an insider in the campaign of change with respect to financial institutions at the hub of global governance.
10/12/2011 09:05 EDT

Gross National... Happiness?

As a big idea, happiness needs to be taken seriously. As many civil society groups recognize, privileging happiness helps fill a missing "human" gap between the organizational objectives they are advocating and the needs of people on the ground.
10/03/2011 02:37 EDT

Our Heroes Are M.I.A. During Financial Crisis

As the global economy continues to struggle, the image of heroic leadership has waned. President Obama falls into this category, exhorting Americans to buy his economic agenda but running into the obstacles presented by Congress and a cynical and deeply divided public.
09/22/2011 11:49 EDT

Bono's Activism From TIFF to the G20

The hallmark of Bono's celebrity activism has been a concern with gaining access to key political decision-makers. However, over the last year the focus of attention has turned away from a fixation with politicians at the apex of power in the traditional global establishment.
09/12/2011 01:27 EDT

Stephen Harper and Brazil: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Emerging economies have numerous leaders visiting them in efforts to hitch onto success and it is a very good sign that Canada is in the mix. Yet when the troubles hit, Canada will likely to return to established friends -- even when those friends have precipitated risky economic activity.
08/17/2011 11:15 EDT

Yao Ming: Breaking the Celebrity Activist Mould

Yao Ming's legacy will be a double barrier breaker: as a catalyst for basketball's global appeal and as a non-Western star who is willing to commit himself to not only the pursuit of private gain but issues aimed at the enhancement of the public good.
07/22/2011 05:37 EDT