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Club news – Embassy 38

Guerilla diplomacy

Daryl Copeland, author of the bestseller Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations was the guest speaker at an event organised by the Diplomatic Press Attachés’ Association of London.

The former Canadian diplomat told press attachés that a modern ‘backpack’ diplomat needed be resilient, tech-savvy and comfortable in the public sphere.

Mr Copeland also introduced the concept of ‘smart’ power, in which soft and hard power work together within a broader definition of security. 

He said this approach was more effective at preventing trans-national, non-conventional threats, such as terrorism, climate change or organised crime and argued that public funds would be better spent on trained, skilled diplomats rather than on increased defence budgets.

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Daryl Copeland talks to press attachés

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