Who are history’s most influential thinkers on the exercise of power and the conduct of relations between states? How has the international system, and the role of small countries therein, changed over time? When does diplomacy succeed and fail, and how are both assessed and measured? Who better to ponder such questions than a retired senior diplomat who worked for not one, but two separate foreign services.
Robert Cooper spent most of his professional life as a British diplomat. He developed quite the reputation as a foreign policy intellectual in the 2000s when he authored a number of acclaimed books and pamphlets. In that decade he moved to Brussels and saw out the remainder of his career working for the European Union’s diplomatic service.