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...

The Role of Cities in Countering Violent Extremism

Chattanooga, Tennessee Mayor Andy Burke speaks about his city’s experience with terrorism at the Strong Cities Network Global Meeting in Aarhus, Turkey, in 2016.  He is seated between Anaheim, California Mayor Tom Tait (left) and Vilvoorde, Belgium Mayor Hans Bonte...

Let the First Strike be a Knock at the Door

A sign indicates the distance and direction of Los Angeles’ various sister cities—Photo by Jim Winstead, Flickr Creative Commons    By Mary Kane “Every bomb we can manufacture, every plane, every ship, every gun, in the long run has no purpose but the negative: to...