Global cities increasingly shape our world – not only the global economy but its ideas, culture, and policies. On the front lines of the world’s greatest challenges, cities are driving the most innovative solutions. Their influence transcends national borders.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is a leading center for studying the influence of cities in solving global challenges and shaping the world’s future. With over a decade of research and programming on global cities, the Council examines the policies needed to be successful, identifies global best practices, connects leaders, and provides concrete recommendations to decision-makers.

Research and Digital Interactives

The Council publishes original research and produces digital interactives on topics such as the foreign policy of cities, the role of cities in global governance, inclusive societies, climate change and the environment, security and safety, migrant integration, and economic competitiveness.

Experts and Fellows

Resident and nonresident fellows contribute to the Council’s expertise by authoring blogs and commentaries, peer reviewing reports, developing podcasts and interactives, and presenting Council research on critical platforms.

Chicago Forum on Global Cities

Hosted in partnership with the Financial Times, this three-day international conference brings together leaders in business, civics, education, and the arts for a cross-sector dialogue on the influential role cities play in solving critical global challenges.

Year-Round Programming

The Council regularly hosts speakers, workshops, public programs, and private dinners to inform audiences of pressing issues affecting cities and to share the findings of Council research.

The Council's global cities work is made possible by:


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This Week's Reads - Water Security Demands Attention

May 24, 2018 for Global Insight

The Shape of Water

April 24, 2018 for Chicago Magazine

China Revamps Regulator for Stronger Environmental Protection

April 19, 2018 for Axios

No Silver Bullet: The New Urban Agenda and Smart Cities

March 13, 2018 for Fair Observer

Populism Is Poisoning the Global Liberal Order

January 29, 2018 for The Globe and Mail

Opinion: Why the Actions of Cities — Not Nations — Will Be the Key to Our Survival on Earth

January 16, 2018 for Ted

Diplomats and Designers Discuss: How Can We Protect Our Cities From Terror Attacks?

January 5, 2018 for World Economic Forum

Cities Are Stepping up on Climate Action as Nation States Fall to the Wayside

December 7, 2017 for Global Insight

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