Do cities need foreign policies?
City Diplomacy investigates the capacity of cities to engage in international relations. If cities are now more connected than ever before on a global scale, local governments are not just spectators of this networked age. Cities are actively forging links across borders, taking part in setting the international agenda, and shifting the landscape of urban politics from local to increasingly global. City diplomacy is and must become a strategic activity for cities worldwide if they are to remain relevant in the new global order.
The City Diplomacy team conducts research on a range of facets of international city engagement, works with international organisations, city networks and governments to translate research into practice and delivers professional training programs to upskill the next generation of city diplomats.
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Sydney Morning Herald (June 2017) – “Should Sydney and Melbourne have their own foreign policies?”
Politico (June 2017) – “Why Cities Need Their Own Foreign Policies"
Financial Times (June 2017) – “Climate pledge shows how cities bypass national governments”