Book Launch: The Art of Diplomacy: Strengthening the Canada-U.S. Relationship in Times of Uncertainty | Wilson Center
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Book Launch: The Art of Diplomacy: Strengthening the Canada-U.S. Relationship in Times of Uncertainty

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A call to action and a much-needed book about why diplomacy matters now more than ever before.

All over the world, diplomacy is under threat. Diplomats used to handle sensitive international negotiations, but increasingly, incendiary Tweets and statements are posing a threat to foreign relations. 

In The Art of Diplomacy, the former U.S. ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, and his wife, Vicki Heyman, spell out why diplomacy and diplomats matter. This dynamic power couple arrived in Canada intent on representing American interests, but they quickly learned that to do so meant representing the best interests of all citizens of both countries. 

They narrate their three year journey across the country and highlight the Canadians they met from all walks of life—including Supreme Court justices, prime ministers, fishermen, artists, and entrepreneurs. They brought Obama to Canada and Trudeau to the U.S., created cultural and artistic exchange between Canada and the U.S., promoted economic and trade interests, and overall made a lasting positive impact on one of the most important relationships in the free world today.

Politically poignant and a call to action, this book is a reminder that only by working together can nations build a better world for all. At this key moment in history, when opposing nationalist and populist agendas threaten to divide us, The Art of Diplomacy reminds us to keep calm, to work together, and to carry on.

Meet & Greet Author Reception

A meet & greet reception with the authors for event participants will follow the conversation from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Event participants will have the opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the authors.




  • Ben Rhodes

    Co-chair of National Security Action
    Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama