Ian Klaus

Senior Fellow, Global Cities

Areas of expertise: Global Cities


Ian Klaus is a senior fellow on global cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Previously he served as diplomatic adviser to Urban 20 and C40 City Climate Leadership Group. Prior to that, he was senior adviser for global cities at the US Department of State. In that role, he led urban diplomacy for the United States, engaging dozens of foreign ministries and development agencies from Africa, South America, North America, Asia, and Europe on urbanization and foreign policy issues. He also internally managed the State Department’s efforts to develop urbanization-related policies. Klaus was deputy united states negotiator for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development. Prior to that he served as member of the policy planning staff in the office of the secretary of state, advising the secretary of state and director of policy planning on strategic issues surround the Arab Spring and multilateral diplomacy. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s advisory board on the future of urban development, the Creative Cities Working Group at Stanford University, and a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and the Ernest May Fellow for History and Security Studies at the Kennedy School of Government. He holds a PhD in international history from Harvard University. He is the author of Forging Capitalism (Yale, 2014) and Elvis is Titanic (Knopf, 2007).


In the News

Pandemics Are Also an Urban Planning Problem

CityLab, March 6, 2020

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Global Insight, January 28, 2020

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Citylab, December 20, 2019

Cities of the New Silk Roads

Diplomatic Courier, November 27, 2019

Great Powers and Urbanization

Diplomatic Courier , October 9, 2019

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Smart Cities Dive, September 25, 2019

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Global Insight, August 6, 2019

Intuition, the City, and War

Modern War Institute, August 1, 2019