Andrew Cooper

Professor | Associate Senior Fellow, Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Andrew Cooper.

Areas of specialization

Conventional & unconventional forms of international diplomacy;

National perspectives on global governance and rising powers, middle powers, small states;

Canadian & comparative foreign policy;

International political economy


BA (Waterloo); MA (Waterloo); D. Phil (Oxford)

Andrew F. Cooper is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and an Associate Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research. He teaches in the areas of the Theory and Practice of Diplomacy, National Perspectives on Global Governance, International Political Economy, and Comparative and Canadian Foreign Policy. Holding a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil) from Oxford University, he has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, The Australian National University, and Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

He was Canada-US Fulbright Research Chair at University of Southern California in 2009, Fulbright Scholar in the Western Hemisphere Program at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC in 2000 and the Leger Fellow, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1993-1994. The author/co-author of 8 books, and editor/co-editor of 20 collections, his scholarly publications have appeared in International Organization, World Development, International Studies Review, International Interactions, Political Science Quarterly, International Affairs, Global Policy Journal, Washington Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Global Governance and New Political Economy.

His work has been profiled via ABC Good Morning America, The Independent, Canada Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) Q, Variety Magazine, Times of India, China Daily, and the Washington Diplomat and he has been a member of the Global Applied Research Network (GARNET), Network of Excellence and the Warwick Commission on the Future of the Multilateral Trade Regime.  He has led training sessions on foreign policy/trade issues/governance in Canada, South Africa and the World Trade Organization(WTO) in Geneva.

He has served as a member of the editorial board of the International Studies Association (ISA) Journal of Foreign Policy Analysis, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science.

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council

The "Thickening" of Regional Institutions in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East: A Comparative Analysis

This project will analyze regionalism in three key understudied regions the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East, in order to evaluate whether the institutional expansion of regional organizations promotes increased cooperation across regions (as the European Union example suggests) or exacerbates conflict through greater fragmentation of regional relations

The BRICS - A very short introduction

In the wake of the post-Cold War era, the aftermath of 9/11, the 2008 global financial crisis, and the emergence of the G20 at the leaders level, few commentators expected a reshaping of the global system towards multipolarity, and away from the United States. And yet, the BRICS - encompassing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - has emerged as a challenge to the international status quo. But what is its capacity as a transformative force? And can it provide a significant counter-narrative to the Western dominated global order? 

In this Very Short Introduction Andrew Cooper explores the emergence of the BRICS as a concept. Drawing on historical precedent, Cooper provides a contemporary analysis of the BRICS' practice and influence as as a forum and a lobby group in advancing a distinctive but amorphous agenda amongst global politics.

Additional links & information

Cooper Andrew. ‘A critical evaluation of rationalist IR in the analysis of informal institutions’. International Politics. Accepted: 11 March 2022.

Cooper, Andrew. “Recalibrating The G20 in the Aftermath of Saudi Arabia's Summit: Testing a Secretariat! International Development Blog, 3 Dec. 2020.

Cooper, A. “Recalibrating the Classic Models of Mediation: Former Leaders and Hybrid Personality-Network Driven Initiatives in the Venezuela Crisis”, Revista de ciencia política, Vol 40 no.1, April 2020.

Axel Berger, Andrew F Cooper & Sven Grimm. "A decade of G20 summitry: Assessing the benefits, limitations and future of global club governance in turbulent times". Pages 493-504, South African Journal of International Affairs, Volume 26, Issue 4, December 2019.

Cooper, A. "". Pages 505-520 , South African Journal of International Affairs, Volume 26, Issue 4, December 2019.

Cooper, A. "The Populist Challenge and the Domestic Turn in Diplomacy". Blog post. Hague Journal of Diplomacy. Nov 7, 2019.

Cooper, A and Cornut, J. 2018. “The changing practices of frontline diplomacy: New directions for inquiry", Review of International Studies.

Cooper, A. 2018. “U.S. public diplomacy and sports stars: mobilizing African-American athletes as goodwill ambassadors from the cold war to an uncertain future”Place Branding and Public Diplomacy .

For a full list of publications see Dr. Cooper's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


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