Global Cities, Religion, and Security

Kristin Ljungkvist and I co-authored a piece on Global Cities, Religion, and Security for this Cardus Social Cities report on “Religion and the Good of the City” (pages 18-28). From the introduction by Milton Friesen: “Noah Toly and Kristin Ljungkvist remind us that religious life in global cities is dynamic, persistent, and significantly involved in issues …

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A packed room for our Side Event on city diplomacy and transnational urban networks. Participants included representatives of the sponsor organizations (Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Center for Urban Engagement at Wheaton College, University College London City Leadership Laboratory) city networks (C40, CityNet, UCLG), and the US Department of State.

In the future, cities may finally solve problems that have stumped the world’s biggest nations

From the conclusion: “we may not yet know how cities will influence global power dynamics, but it’s unlikely they’ll simply to prop up a world order fraught with environmental and political instabilities. Cities have two options: On the one hand, they may be able to channel economic output in a way that resolves those instabilities and …

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Brexit, Global Cities, and the Future of World Order

“By now it is a familiar map of the United Kingdom – the one showing the geographic distribution of the June 2016 vote to “Leave” or to “Remain” in the European Union. Along with the majority in Scotland and a few mid-sized English cities, Londoners voted in large numbers to continue the UK’s membership in …

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Jihad vs Global Cities | Chicago Council on Global Affairs

“Tuesday’s violence in Brussels – all too familiar to those in Paris, Jakarta, and other places that have recently felt the sting of jihadist attacks by ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates and splinter groups – is prompting serious and important thinking about the security of global cities.But global cities are not just targets – …

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Cities Play Key Role in Climate Action

“We need to think differently — more broadly — about the role of cities in a world where the nation-state may now be flexing its muscle on key issues that have been neglected for years. Climate change is just a start. Those of us who work on cities issues should encourage our leaders to take …

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UN Should Appoint a Mayor to Head Its Climate Change Secretariat | Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Many have been writing about the climate-governance impacts of the eventual replacement for Atonin Scalia, not to mention the impacts of the presidential election, itself. In all the election and SCOTUS-related hoopla, most missed Christiana Figueres’ announcement that she would be stepping down as head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat. That transition will have …

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Observations from the Chicago Forum on Global Cities

Last week I attended the first Chicago Forum on Global Cities, organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. As usual, I was hoping for good discussions of what the city should be.What I found most interesting: The two panels that most clearly foregrounded those questions were on sustainable design (architecture) and the arts.Here’s my …

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Cities and Global Governance

In a recent issue of The European Journal of International Law, Helmut Philipp Aust has a review essay titled, “Shining Cities on the Hill? The Global City, Climate Change, and International Law.” In it he reviews single-authored volumes by Michele Acuto, Benjamin Barber, and Sofie Bouteligier, as well as an edited volume by Simon Curtis. …

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