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Parklets, Traffic-Free Zones and Outdoor Eating: How COVID Is Transforming Our Cities

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The Conversation
Michele Acuto

"Both cities and citizens have often shown that they can adapt rapidly under crisis conditions," the Council's Non-resident Senior Fellow Michele Acuto writes with Dan Hill in the Conversation.

Outdoor dining in NYC
REUTERS
Global Cities

The Urban Century of China and India

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Global Insight by Xuefei Ren

Xuefei Ren argues that cities in China and India are more aptly compared in territorial vs. associational governance than by regime type.

View of air pollution over south Delhi.
Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier
Global Cities

Healing America's Politics Starts in the Industrial Heartland

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National Interest
Coauthors

John Austin, Brian Hanson, and coauthors write how leaders must address economic opportunity gaps with geography as a root cause of polarization.

Ken Lund
Ken Lund
Global Cities

Infrastructure and SDG Localization: The 21st Century Mandate

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IOPscience
Kris Hartley

“Cities are at the front lines of UN Sustainable Development Goal implementation,” argues Nonresident Fellow Kris Hartley.

Exhibition opening the UN in Germany promoting the Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign.
Inga Kjer
Global Cities

Climate Threats Are Multiplying in the Horn of Africa

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Climate Threats Are Multiplying in the Horn of Africa
Robert Muggah

Rapid climate change has dangerous implications for unrest and conflict within and across the borders of the Horn of Africa, Robert Muggah states in Foreign Policy.

Two young boys carrying water walk down a road next to an IDP camp near the town of Jowhar, Somalia
Tobin Jones
Climate and the Environment

Asia's Megacities and the Future of Geopolitics

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Global Insight by Parag Khanna

There is no understanding geopolitical competition in the 21st century without an understanding of urbanization and cities.

Chinese officials and citizens are seen during a ceremony against the cityscape of Shenzhen
Reuters
Global Cities

"Built By China" Going Global

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Global Insight by Xiangming Chen

China's evolving economy and geopolitical strategy affect infrastructure and cities worldwide: witness the launch of the China-Laos Railway.

The Borten special economic zone/New Border City under construction
Yunnan Haicheng Industry Group CO.
Global Cities

Transforming Industrial Regions of North America and Europe: Opportunity and Imperative

Interactives
Coauthors

This report summarizes the Transforming Industrial Regions of North America and Europe symposium, including strategies to rebuild economies and stem antidemocratic populism.

An aerial view of a power plant at night, with the moon in the background
Global Cities

Our Cities and States Can Be Relentless Diplomats

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Inkstick
Matthew Abbott

"COP26 shows that American cities and states should have a greater role in US diplomacy," writes Matthew Abbott in Inkstick.

Chicago skyline facing north.
Pedro Szekely
Global Cities

Don't Blame Cities for COVID-19

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La Cahiers
Samuel Kling

Director of Global Cities Research Sam Kling writes in La Cahiers on the history leading to the vilification of cities and density early in the pandemic.

Jackson Avenue in Chicago empty during COVID-19 with a sign saying "stay home."
Raed Mansour
Global Cities