The Foreign Policy of Cities

Madeleine K. Albright , Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; former Secretary, US Department of State; Benjamin Barber, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York; Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Former Foreign Minister and former Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom; Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of The Hague. Moderated by Philip Stephens.

The Chicago Forum on Global Cities will also live stream this program:

Global cities engage globally through partnerships, exchanges, and agreements led by businesses, cultural and educational institutions, and civic leadership. But how can global cities coordinate the multitude of siloed efforts to develop a cohesive foreign policy on behalf of the city as a whole? How do global cities cooperate with—or disrupt—national interests by having their own global agendas?

To further examine the foreign policy of cities, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is conducting a study on Chicago’s foreign policy with generous support provided by The Chicago Community Trust. The task force report will be released this fall.

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