Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) before forcing Davutoglu's resignation. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
On both sides of the Atlantic, foreign policy is at a crossroads. Donald Trump proposes America turn inward, forgoing free trade and pulling back from its longstanding alliances. Nationalists across Europe have proposed likewise. Both, however, are symptoms, not causes, of a larger problem.
That problem is a crisis of governance that has beset much of the West. In the United States, trust in government’s ability to solve problems has never been lower. Institutions that once enjoyed high public trust, from the Presidency and Congress to the news media, have been painstakingly delegitimized in recent years. The situation is no better in Europe, where enthusiasm for European solutions—as opposed to national solutions—has plummeted. Indeed, the looming Brexit vote may be followed by a string of similar referendums across Europe.
This absence of effective governance at the national and international level has serious consequences—a rise in nationalism, an ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, and nuclear proliferation offer just three examples. And yet, it also provides an opening for foreign policy solutions to be crafted at the subnational level. This is exactly what we’re seeing in cities across the globe—as noted by mayors Michael Bloomberg, Anne Hidalgo, and Eduardo Paes in one of this week’s reads.
This week’s reads portray how American and European leaders are responding to their common crisis in governance, as well as many of the challenges that have emerged as a result.
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POLITICO’s Ryan Heath joins Deep Dish to explain the lessons the United States can learn from countries that are further ahead in the COVID-19 infection timeline.
With borders now closed and countries like Italy in an increasingly restrictive nation-wide lockdown under the threat of the novel coronavirus, Europe is facing a crisis likely unparalleled since the end of World War II. This compounds an already disruptive year, following the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, and increasingly calls into question the continued relevance of the political and economic bloc.
As COVID-19 spreads around the world, non-resident senior fellow on global cities Robert Muggah shares his insights into the spread and impact of pandemics, why they are becoming more common, and how cities can help minimize threats now and into the future.
The Midwest is caught in the painful shift from one economy to another, and its divided fortunes show this. It is a split between winners and losers, between well-educated city dwellers and the left behind, angry denizens of the old economy. All this has big impacts that are economic and social – and political.
While the political importance of the American Midwest in 2020 is clear, the region of 70 million people is all too often written off as an economic has-been and a cultural backwater. The truth is a different, more complicated story.
Yemen's years-long war pits Iran-backed Houthis against a coalition of Saudi-led forces seeking to restore Yemen's internationally recognized government, and the United States is involved as well.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Levant Affairs and Special Envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn joins Deep Dish to explain the Trump administration’s plan in war-torn Syria.
It is too early to conclude that the epidemic will shake the Communist Party’s grip. Once the “people’s war” has defeated the epidemic, the authoritarian regime may turn out to have become even more powerful. But this crisis has made a few things clear. It illustrates how cities are increasingly important actors in addressing pressing global challenges. It also exemplifies how central-local government relations can shape a country’s response to major epidemic outbreaks.
Mira Rapp-Hooper and Ivo Daalder discuss the state of US alliances at a moment when new concerns are flaring up from the Philippines and East Asia to Europe.
After a decade and a half as German chancellor, Angela Merkel has said she will step down in 2021. In the latest #AskIvo, Council President Ivo Daalder looks at three big issues rising to the surface in German politics on the eve of her departure.
For years, violence and crime have led to poor living conditions in the country and mass emigration. Rosa Anaya joins Deep Dish to discuss her work rehabilitating inmates and gang members in El Salvador.
Do Chicagoans truly understand the important role the US Navy plays around the world and the increasing challenges to its previously unimpeded supremacy of the seas?
Global Cities Fellow and ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow Samuel Kling reflects on experiencing transportation in Korea's largest city, renowned for its Metro and Cheonggye Freeway removal.
Anthony F. Pipa and Catherine P. Sheehy discuss how much of the remarkable work on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals is happening at the sub-national level, by cities, local governments, and the private sector.