February 22, 2017 | By Brian Hanson, Salomón Chertorivski

City Diplomacy from Mexico City to Chicago

Mayors have to take care of their populations, and sometimes that means going to other countries. A delegation of Mexican mayors from Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Juarez came to Chicago to conduct city-to-city diplomacy during an "emergency time" in US-Mexico relations. Salomón Chertorivski, secretary of economic development of Mexico City, sat down with the Council's Brian Hanson to discuss what they hoped to achieve.

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| By Ivo H. Daalder

This Week's Reads – Populism in Power

On both sides of the Atlantic, we have entered a new and uncertain era – one of nationalism and populism in power. This Week's Reads examine major speeches by President Trump and UK Prime Minister May and provide some perspectives on the shifting roles of United States and Britain in global politics. 


One More Question with Sarah Kendzior

Globe and Mail columnist Sarah Kendzior joined an expert panel at the Council on January 19 to discuss media and democracy in a post-truth era. We asked her for the best and worst case scenarios on how the media landscape may evolve—watch her response.




| By Brian Hanson, Saeid Golkar

Deep Dish: Spiritual Father of Iranian Reform

An estimated 3 million people attended the funeral procession for former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. In the latest Deep Dish podcast, the Council’s visiting fellow for Iran policy, Saeid Golkar, explains why Rafsanjani was so beloved, and how his death may position hardliners and “conflictualists” to seize the initiative in Iran's internal and external affairs. 


| By Ivo H. Daalder

This Week's Reads - In Defense of Globalism

In a world that is more integrated and complex than ever, global engagement and global solutions are critical. This Week’s Reads highlight the debate over globalism and some of the issues that will determine its future. 


Reflections on Women and Global Development

Supporting women and girls has been a bipartisan issue, and the Trump administration should continue these efforts, writes program officer Dzena Berbic in a roundup of recent programming from the Council's Women and Global Development Forum.


| By Brian Hanson, Richard C. Longworth

Deep Dish: Spreading Economic Vibes

As the US election and Brexit vote showed, the relationship between cities and their surrounding areas is fraught with conflicting interests. Council Distinguished Fellow Dick Longworth and the Financial Times' Edward Luce talk about where this relationship is headed in the latest episode of Deep Dish.


| By Ivo H. Daalder

This Week’s Reads – Diplomacy and the Trump Era

The United States under President-elect Trump is likely to play a very different role than it has under previous presidents. This Week’s Reads provide insights into some of the diplomatic challenges awaiting the next administration and show how American engagement may change as a result.


All Eyes on Angela

If Donald Trump’s presidency ushers in a period of American disengagement from the world, Germany’s softer, collaborative approach will soon be sorely tested. Amidst an upswell of nationalism across the western world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s greatest challenge may be to find willing partners to work with, at home and abroad, in defense of an international system that has been so good for her country.



| By Richard C. Longworth

Landslide Cities and 2016's Big Sort

While losing the Electoral College vote, Hillary Clinton matched or even exceeded Barack Obama’s landslide margins in major cities in the two previous elections, Richard Longworth finds. It is all part of what Texas author Bill Bishop called “the big sort” – the dramatic grouping of America into geographical enclaves where the overwhelming majority thinks and votes alike.



| By Kris Hartley

National Elections and the New American City-State

As the country splinters along geographic and ideological lines, post-election divisions could portend the rise of a new American city-state movement, with mayors and city councils likely to intensify efforts to independently pursue progressive local agendas. 


| By Brian Hanson, Michael A. Nutter

Deep Dish: You Wanted Workers, You Got People

For some, social integration is a new challenge caused by globalization and cultural change. For others, inequality and segregation have long been strains on civil society. In this episode, Michael Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia, and Kamal Al-Solaylee, journalist and author of Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone), discuss social inclusion in the 21st century with Deep Dish host Brian T. Hanson.