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On Mar. 15, the International Development Research Centre and the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University organized a discreet and closed-door two-day workshop at IDRC's downtown office, which comprised 30 participants from four continents.

It was perhaps only natural that IDRC be circumspect about the affair. This was, after all, the exploratory meeting for the publication of the Oxford Handbook on Modern Diplomacy—a mammoth book set to be the first of its kind in the world.

Academic and policy elites in the Great White North will undoubtedly be pleased to learn that a Canadian team has been chosen to...

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