Global cities are the hubs of the world and increasingly influential players on the world stage. Their banks and markets finance the global economy and their corporations shape it. Their universities examine the past, imagine the future, and train the next generation. The urban impact of the challenges facing the world—security threats, climate change, inequality—means city leaders are at the center of the search for solutions. Yet despite their growing global influence, most city leaders do not have a foreign policy to engage the world and unify leadership around common goals. Should global cities have their own foreign policy, and if so what would it look like? Tune in via livestream to join the conversation hosted at Chatham House with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Background reading and multimedia:
- When Mayors Spoke Up
Ian Klaus, CityLab, December 29, 2017
- What Happens When the Richest U.S. Cities Turn to the World?
Emily Badger, New York Times, December 22, 2017
- 2017 Chicago Forum Workshop Report: The Foreign Policy of Global Cities
Chicago Council on Global Affairs, October 4, 2017
- We Need a Thorough Rethink of the Status of Cities within the UN System
Michele Acuto, CityMetric, September 20, 2017