Benjamin R. Barber (1939-2017): An Appreciation

By Nicholas J. Cull Of the recent writing on the city as an emerging diplomatic actor, perhaps the most exciting was the 2013 work by political theorist Benjamin Barber, provocatively titled If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. The book...

City Diplomacy and Urban Difference

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti with counterparts from China and New Zealand–Photo courtesy of Eric Garcetti, Flicker Creative Commons. By Sam Tabory Not all cities have the same resources. Not all cities have the same clout. Not all cities have the same needs....

On Public (and Private) Tango Diplomacy

By Melissa Fitch On January 21, 2017, in the final moments of the Obama era, I was dancing tango with a Mexican diplomat in Delhi, India. I watched over his shoulder as Donald Trump’s inauguration was displayed on every screen in the hotel café where we danced, the...