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The nature of international leadership is changing dramatically, and Canada must carve out a role in the shifting global community.

That was the message from former prime minister Joe Clark, speaking to a sold-out crowd at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo Thursday evening.

Clark argued for a model of “leading from beside” that would see state and non-state actors working together to achieve peace.

Non-state actors can include non-government organizations, multinational corporations, personal foundations, trade unions, faith groups and other entities — including negative ones like organized crime and terrorists, said Clark.

But paying too much attention to non-state actors who...

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