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Andrew F. Cooper is a Professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo where he teaches in the areas of International Organization, Global Governance, Comparative Foreign Policy and International Diplomacy. He holds a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University. He currently is the Director of The Centre for the Study on Rapid Global Change, University of Waterloo, Canada and an Associate Research Fellow-UNU CRIS as well as an Associate Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg, Germany.  From January to May 2009, he served as Visiting Fulbright Chair at the Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, and has previously been a visiting professor at Australian National University, SAIS Johns Hopkins, Stellenbosch University and Harvard University.

Dr. Cooper has led training sessions on global governance, diplomacy and International Political Economy in Canada, South Africa and at the World Trade Organization, and in 1993-94 was scholar in residence at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). He has attended numerous G8 summits and all of the G20s either presenting at pre-summit academic conferences or providing commenting from media centres. He has been active in major research projects on the global economic governance in partnership with Chatham House and other leading research institutes, and has given major addresses in conferences sponsored by such bodies as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the German Development Institute, the Centre for New Global Governance at Renmin University, the ASAN Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, the Asian Development Bank Institute, Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, The Matías Romero Institute, the Clingendael Institute, Oxfam International, and The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. He has also served on the Advisory Board of both the GARNET Network of Excellence and the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and has been a member of the first Warwick Commission on The Multilateral Trading System.

Dr. Cooper is the co-editor of the recently published The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy. He has as well co-authored the first stand-alone book on the G20, with a Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin. Dr. Cooper’s research focuses on foreign policy strategies of emerging powers in a multi-polar world, middle and small states, regionalization, global health governance and conventional and non-conventional diplomacy. He is author/co-author of 9 books and editor/co-editor of 21 collections and his articles have appeared in leading journals such as International Organization, International Affairs, World Development, International Studies Review, International Interactions, Political Science Quarterly, Global Policy Journal, Washington Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Global Governance, Third World Quarterly, and New Political Economy. His work has been profiled via ABC Good Morning America, The Independent, CBC’s Q, Variety Magazine, Times of India, China Daily, and the Washington Diplomat.

Global Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)Multilateral Institutions
  • Ph.D., University of Oxford (1980)
  • M.A., University of Waterloo (1973)
  • B.A., (Hons) University of Waterloo (1972)


  1. 2016. (Oxford: Oxford University Press ).
  2. Co- editor. 2013. (Oxford: Oxford University Press ).
  3. 2013. Middle Power Leadership and the Evolution of the G20,. 5-2-.
  4. 2013. “Civil Society Relationships with the G20: An Extension of the G8 Template or Distinctive Pattern of Engagement? 27 2 : 179-200.
  5. Jorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur), in Andrew F. Cooper, Jorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur, Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, March 2013.
    2013. Introduction: the challenges of 21st-century diplomacy,.(with Jorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur) in Andrew F Cooper Jorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur (Oxford: Oxford University Press March ) 1-35.
  6. 2013. The changing nature of diplomacy,. Andrew F Cooper Jorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur (Oxford: Oxford University Press March ) 35-53.
  7. Timothy M. Shaw) (London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. “Small states in a world of crisis & divergence: more/less vulnerability or resilience?’ in (edited with ) xvi-xxv.
  8. Co- author. 2012. (New York: Routledge ).
  9. 2012. Canada’s Engagement with the Americas in comparative perspective: Between declaratory thickness and operational thinness,. Annual John W Holmes issue on Canadian Foreign Policy 67 3 Summer : 707-723.
  10. Joseph F. Turcotte), in Media, Mobilization and Human Rights (London: Zed. 2012. Celebrity Diplomats as Mobilizers? Celebrities and Activism in a Hypermediated Time. (with Joseph F Turcotte) in (London: Zed ).
  11. 2012. Beyond Activism: Emerging Models of Celebrity Diplomacy, special feature on Not the Usual Suspects: The Other Nonstate Actors,. June 12.
  12. 2012. The Group of Twenty: Input and Output Legitimacy, Reforms, and Agenda,. No 372 (Tokyo: Asian Development Bank Institute August ).
  13. Author. 2011. (London: Palgrave Macmillan ).
  14. Agata Antkiewicz), in Timothy M. Shaw, J. Andrew Grant and Scarlett Cornelissen, eds, The Ashgate Research Companion to Regionalisms (Farnham, UK: Ashgatem 2011. 2011. Beyond Geography: BRIC/SAM and the New Contours of Regionalism” (with Agata Antkiewicz) in Timothy M Shaw J Andrew Grant and Scarlett Cornelissen eds (Farnham UK: Ashgatem ): 295-310.
  15. Eric Helleiner. 2011. “Advances in Global Economic Governance amid the obstacles at the Seoul G20 Summit’ 5 2 January.
  16. 2011. The G20 and Regional Dynamics. in Colin I Bradford and Wonhyuk Lim eds (Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press): 265-274.
  17. 2011. Consolidated Institutional Cooperation and/or Competitive Fragmentation in the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis,. 2 Summer/Fall 19-31.
  18. 2011. The G20 and Its Regional Critics: The Search for Inclusion,. 2 2 May 203-209.
  19. Bessma Momani. 2011. Qatar and expanded contours of Small State Diplomacy. 46 2 June 127-142.
  20. Gordon Mace and Timothy Shaw) (London: Palgrave Macmillan: 2010. 2010. Introduction. in (with Gordon Mace and Timothy Shaw) (London: Palgrave Macmillan: ): 1-22.
  21. Alan Alexandroff) (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press. 2010. Introduction. in (edited with ): 1-16.
  22. 2010. Beyond the Boardroom: ‘Multilocation’ and the Business Face of Celebrity Diplomacy,. in Morten Ougaard and Anna Leander eds (London: Routledge ): 305-316.
  23. Paola Subacchi. 2010. Overview: Global economic governance in transition. 86 3 May : 607-617.
  24. 2010. The G20 as an improvised crisis committee and/or a contested ‘steering committee’ for the world. 86 3 May : 741-757.

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