A Tale of Three Cities featuring Ian Klaus, Penny Abeywardena, Henri-Paul Normandin, and Mauricio Rodas


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Welcome to another year of The Global Cable. In this special episode, we mark the launch of the Great Powers and Urbanization Project (GPUP for short).

GPUP is a new international initiative, in which Perry World House, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the University of Melbourne's Connected Cities Lab, and the Argentine Council for International Relations are looking at the evolving role of cities on the world stage.

Perry World House’s John Gans and Jocelyn Perry sit down with leaders from three major cities, and an expert on urbanization:

  • Ian Klaus, Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City
  • Henri-Paul Normandin, Director for International Relations, City of Montréal, Canada
  • Mauricio Rodas, Mayor of Quito, Ecuador (2014-2019)

Due to a range of factors, cities and city leaders are increasingly active in international diplomacy, something that was traditionally the preserve of the nation state. This special episode explores what cities can do, what they can't do, and what this means for a changing world.

Music and produced by Tre Hester.

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