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Conducting City Diplomacy: A Survey of International Engagement in 47 Cities

Conducting City Diplomacy: A Survey of International Engagement in 47 Cities

, By Anna Kosovac, Research Fellow, International Urban Policy, University of Melbourne’s Connected Cities Lab; Kris Hartley, Nonresident Fellow, Global Cities; Michele Acuto, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Cities; Darcy Gunning, Research Assistant, University of Melbourne’s Connected Cities Lab

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Deep Dish: The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East

October 15, 2020 for Global Insight

Did the UNSG Say “Revolution”?

October 9, 2020 for Global Insight

Deep Dish: Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict Could Drag in Russia and Turkey

October 1, 2020 for Global Insight

Deep Dish: Why Private Sector Sustainability Is Critical for the SDGs

September 24, 2020 for Global Insight

Fighting Fake News in the COVID-19 Era: Policy Insights from an Equilibrium Model

September 14, 2020 for SpringerLink

Will Chicago Bounce Back?

September 11, 2020 for Chicago Tribune

While the West Dithers, Russia Stays Busy

September 10, 2020 for Chicago Tribune

'Ally-Shoring' Will Help US Rebuild Economy and Global Leadership

September 10, 2020 for The Hill

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