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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.

Pritzker Forum on Global Cities

Since 2015, the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities, cohosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times, has brought together leaders in business, civic life, education, and the arts for a cross-sector dialogue on the influential role cities play in addressing critical global challenges.

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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.
 


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Commentary

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

Deep Dish: Police Reform Lessons from Around the World

September 10, 2020 for Global Insight

With High-Tech Farming, We Can Usher in a Rural Renaissance

August 27, 2020 for Chicago Tribune

Post-Pandemic Travel and Tourism: How Has Travel Shaped Your Worldview?

August 20, 2020 for Global Insight

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