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Charting power shifts in a new world for diplomats

By Daryl Copeland      

Since the Cold War ended, world order has given way to a whirled order, with many of the old distinctions and assumptions blurred or erased.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and United States President Barack Obama chat on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey last November. PMO photograph by Adam Scotti
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The Liberal government has launched defence and development reviews, but little is known of its intentions regarding diplomacy. This is the second of a series meant to offer thoughts on Canada’s role in a changing world. In the last instalment, I argued that during the Cold War, whatever its many hazards, Canadians were able to find ample room for diplomatic manoeuvreing. Are opportunities still available today? Perhaps, but navigation is tough. World order has given way to a whirled order, with

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