Robert Cooper
United Kingdom, 1947
EU diplomat and publicist

Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper has been involved as EU diplomat in the mediation of several geopolitical conflicts. For years, he was Tony Blair’s chief advisor on foreign policy; he was also the UK’s Special Representative in Afghanistan. Between 2002 and 2007, Cooper was Director-General for External and Politico-Military Affairs at the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU. He was then involved with the foundation of the European External Action Service, the EU’s diplomatic service. He served until recently as Special Advisor to Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. His concept of ‘failed states’, as described in The Post-Modern State (2002) and The Breaking of Nations: Order and Chaos in the Twenty-First Century (2003), has turned out to be of great political influence. His most recent book is The Ambassadors: Thinking about Diplomacy from Machiavelli to Modern Times (2021).

Published in

Journal Nexus

Nexus 79

Brief aan mijn leraar
Journal Nexus

Nexus 77

De laatste revolutie
Journal Nexus

Nexus 68

Oorlog en vrede

Speaker at

Revolution of Hope


Nexus Conference 2021

The Revolution of Hope

Saturday 20 November 2021 NO&B / online


Anniversary Conference

War and Peace

20 September 2014 10.00 - 17.00 National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam


Opening Conference

The Politics of European Values

7 September 2004
10.30 - 17.15
Ridderzaal, Den Haag