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Learning the Ropes, Working the System: Conversation with Allan E. Gotlieb, former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S., by Harry Kreisler; 1/26/89
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This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation on International Affairs. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is the distinguished Canadian diplomat and public servant Allan Gotlieb. Ambassador Gotlieb's career in Canadian public service spans 30 years. He has served during those years as head of the legal division of the External Affairs Department, as Undersecretary of State for External Affairs, and most recently as Ambassador of Canada to the United States from 1981 to 1988. A legal scholar, Ambassador Gotlieb has written four books. He received his B.A. degree from Berkeley, his M.A. from Oxford as a Rhodes' Scholar, and his L.L.B. degree from Harvard. During the month of January, 1989, he is visiting the Berkeley campus as a Regents' Lecturer. Joining us in the studio is Professor Thomas Barnes, Professor of History and Law and co-chair of the Canadian Studies Program.

  1. Background ... education ... memories of Berkeley ... the émigré faculty
  2. ... loyalty oath controversy ... environment of freedom ... undergraduate versus graduate studies ... Berkeley diversity
  3. Ambassador to Washington ... classic diplomacy versus the new diplomacy ... importance of domestic politics ... case study: acid rain ... working the halls of Congress
  4. New Rules of Diplomacy ... developing a constituency ... a Canadian lobby? ... the need for a micro-strategy ... importance of Washington social life
  5. Institutionalizing the New Rules ... U.S. - Canada Free Trade Agreement ... binational panels ... diminished sovereignty versus 19th-century discourse ... importance of public education ... mutual understanding

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