Vilified Sister Cities: Chicago, Mexico City and The Case for Citizen Diplomacy

The following was written after participating in the US-Mexico Leaders Initiative with the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Mexico City. Much has been written about subnational and local diplomacy as a foreign policy strategy and antidote to populist xenophobic rhetoric. Urbanists and mayors from Bruce Katz to Mike Bloomberg have sounded the clarion trumpetContinue reading “Vilified Sister Cities: Chicago, Mexico City and The Case for Citizen Diplomacy”

How European cities address racial equity, statues, and the politics of choosing to not forget - a memoir

During my recent Marshall Memorial Fellowship with The German Marshall Fund of the United States, I had the opportunity to learn how European cities solve similar challenges we face in Chicago in the context of the transatlantic relationship and our shared national interests. The German Marshall Fund was founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profitContinue reading “How European cities address racial equity, statues, and the politics of choosing to not forget - a memoir”