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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.