January 25, 2019

Wait Just a Minute: US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Wait Just a Minute asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Council Emerging Leader Program alum,  answers questions on the top global challenges facing the United States and what issues will be the most important during the 2020 presidential race.

Wait Just a Minute: Raja Krishnamoorthi


Top global challenge facing the United States?

I think one of the biggest challenges that we have is how do we protect democracies, and how do we protect those who might be somehow adversely affected by the authoritarian regimes that are popping up around the world.

Biggest impact of President Trump's trade policies?

I think everybody shares a belief that countries like China really are engaging in unfair trade practices. Now, we have to figure out, if we go down the tariff route, where does this end?

What's the most important global issiue in the 2020 presidential race?

Further discuss climate change, which is a global issue not only involving the environment, but also trade, and commerce, and the economies of the world.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished a really good book called "Start-Up Nation." It's the story of how Israel is home to an unusually large concentration of start-up companies in the world.

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Urban Reflections from the 2019 International Student Delegation

Each year approximately 30 students from leading research universities around the world participate in the global student delegation program at the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities. Promising students who have demonstrated a commitment to improving global cities and are enrolled in a master’s or PhD program are nominated by their host universities to attend. The 2019 delegation included 30 students from 20 countries, including China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Their biographies are available here.

The following series of contributions are their reflections and insights inspired by and drawn from their experience attending the 2019 Pritzker Forum.


| By Lille van der Zanden

Social Equity: The Legacy of 100 Resilient Cities

On July 31, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) officially ceased its operations, marking a turning point in the modern urban resiliency movement to create cities that can bounce back from disaster. In six years, the Rockefeller Foundation-funded initiative brought a standardized urban resilience framework to cities across the globe, facilitating the development of more than 80 resilience plans in the process. As a result of its work, urban resiliency planning has become a common practice for city governments, with many institutionalizing the position of a chief resiliency officer.




| By Ian Klaus

Will Ambassador Subnat Go to Washington?

On June 28, 2019, Congressmen Ted W. Lieu (D-CA33) and Joe Wilson (R-SC02) introduced H.R.3571, the “City and State Diplomacy Act.” The Act seeks to mandate a senior official at the State Department charged with “supervision (including policy oversight of resources) of Federal support for subnational engagements by State and municipal governments with foreign governments.” The position would be at the ambassadorial level, and “Ambassador Subnat” would require the consent of the Senate and oversee a new Office of Subnational Diplomacy.