Ian Klaus

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Cities

Areas of expertise: Global Cities


Ian Klaus is a visiting fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s World Perry House.  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, the first major implementing conference following the Paris Agreement on climate change. In that role, he lead extended and multiround global negotiations for the United States, and represented the US in more than a dozen bilateral negotiations and meetings.  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. From 2010-2011, he was 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 a frequent commentator in Citiscope and the The Atlantic: CityLab.  He is the author of Forging Capitalism (Yale, 2014) and Elvis is Titanic (Knopf, 2007).


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