The tragic death of Glyn Berry while on a mission to help some of the most destitute people on earth is a heartbreaking reminder that a career in the Foreign Service can be anything but routine. Glyn could and did succeed at desk jobs in Ottawa and in diplomatic assignments in Washington and at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, as I witnessed first-hand. His were important tasks in those places and they had direct consequences for Canadian interests, not the least for the reform of international peace-keeping and peace-building that he promoted at the...

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