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Past Events

Strengthening Regional Economies for a Sustainable Midwest


Ahead of the Cities Summit of the Americas, the Council brings together local and national leaders to explore policy priorities for a sustainable Midwest.

Roundtable Discussion
Matt Watson

We Will Chicago: Economic Development


The final public engagement event in the We Will Chicago series gathers local and international leaders to discuss models of equitable economic development.

Chicago El train
Josh Hild

Commentary & Analysis

The Pushback Against the 15-Minute City

In the News
Boston Globe
Robert Muggah

After years of advocating for greener and more accessible neighborhoods, champions of the 15-minute city are suddenly the target of far-right conspiracies.

Busy Istanbul Street
Alex Berger
Global Cities

From "Rust Belt" to "Trust Belt": Why the Language We Use Matters

Global Insight by Coauthors

In promoting economic renewal in industrial heartland regions, leaders must avoid language that condemns these regions and their citizens to passivity.

Heartland renewal
Global Economy, Trade and Business


The Role of China in Rescaling Service Delivery in Urban Africa

Working Paper by Coauthors

The energy transition in African cities marks a key site of geopolitical competition, as China's control of the solar market reshapes urban service delivery.

Solar panels in Africa
Global Cities

On and Off the BRI Map: A Story of the Darwin Port, Australia

Working Paper by Julie Miao

The Port of Darwin shows the potential of China's Belt and Road Initiative as social infrastructure, but also the challenges in materializing its benefits.

Darwin Port
Julie Miao
Global Cities


Michele Acuto 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Cities
Council expert Michele Acuto
Social Media

John Austin 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Midwest
Council expert John Austin