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Foreign service officers protest in front of the Canadian embassy in Washington in May.
Foreign service officers protest in front of the Canadian embassy in Washington in May.
(Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

Paul Heinbecker

Five myths about Canada’s striking diplomats

You would never know it from the bargaining tactics of the Treasury Board of Canada, but diplomacy matters. In fact, with the short era of a single superpower passing into history, diplomacy arguably matters more than at any time since 1945. The old Westphalian order is being transformed into a multi-stakeholder world, in which countries remain the central organizing units but power is dispersed among states, industry, civil society and individuals. This literally unruly new world will have to be managed co-operatively – that is, diplomatically.