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Upcoming Events

Ukraine and Cities on the Frontlines

Event Series: Pritzker Forum on Global Cities

In the face of urban warfare, mayors and local communities have emerged as symbols of leadership, resistance, and resilience.

Black and white photo of a destroyed car and apartment buildings in Ukraine

Global Voices, Local Action: Housing and Neighborhoods


The Council partners with the Metropolitan Planning Council and the City of Chicago to discuss the We Will Chicago Plan with city leaders from Paris, Dupnitsa, and Chicago.

A subway car rides along the tracks towards The Trump International Hotel and Tower in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Past Events

Future Cities Americas Forum


The Council is a supporting partner of this event hosted by The Financial Times that brings together a cross section of leaders to establish a common vision for the sustainable, equitable, and safe cities of tomorrow.

Democracy and the Life of Cities


Building on the 2021 Summit for Democracy and its city-focused side event, this workshop will examine the policies and practices through which cities can advance democracy.

President Biden views the virtual Summit for Democracy attendees on screen.

Commentary & Analysis

Brazil Is Gaslighting Its Way to a Climate Misinformation Catastrophe

In the News
Washington Post
Robert Muggah

"The rampant spread of climate misinformation and disinformation has potentially dire implications for the Amazon Basin," cowrites Robert Muggah in the Washington Post.

Billows of smoke rise over a deforested plot of the Amazon jungle next to the Transamazonica national highway, in Labrea, Amazonas state, Brazil
Climate and the Environment

Industrial Heartland Renewal Can Diminish "Strong Men"

Global Insight by John Austin

Geographically targeted economic development strategies can serve as an antidote to political extremism in formerly industrial regions.

Industrial works silhouetted with a Ferris Wheel in Ruhr, Essen, Germany.
Florian W├Ąchter
Global Economy, Trade and Business


City Diplomacy During COVID-19: The 2022 Cities and International Engagement Survey

Report by Michele Acuto

This report presents findings from a survey of city governments that identifies major issues for international engagement, including the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

Global Cities

Paths to New Prosperity in Industrial Regions of the West

Working Paper by Coauthors

Local strategies can revive economies, nurture hope, and diminish the appeal of antidemocratic populism in struggling industrial regions.

Industrial city skyline and bridge with blue clouds.
Karen Green
Global Cities


Michele Acuto 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Cities
Council expert Michele Acuto
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John Austin 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Midwest
Council expert John Austin