Ian Klaus

Ian Klaus is non-resident fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He was previously Senior Advisor for Global Cities at the U.S. Department of State and Deputy U.S. Negotiator for Habitat 3.

Sikh devotees crowd outside a holy Sikh shrine.

What Would a More Ethical City Look Like?

Being a city dweller in an increasingly urbanized world will mean learning how to share space with very different people, says planner and urban scholar Richard Sennett.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Waukegan, Illinois Mayor Sam Cunningham sign the Chicago Climate Charter in December, as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks on.

When Mayors Spoke Up

In 2017, city leaders took center stage as international diplomatic players.

The Morality of the City

In his new book The Ordinary Virtues, the writer and politician Michael Ignatieff reveals the “moral operating systems” that keep cities together.

The Invisible Network That Makes Cities Work

Despite fears of declining social capital and lack of faith in civic institutions, the “new trust economy” is thriving in urban areas.

For Cities of the Future, Three Paths to Power

In an era of geopolitical turbulence, urban leaders will have to demand representation at international institutions—or take more radical action.

What Should a City's Foreign Policy Look Like?

For those who care about combating climate change, keeping the country safe for immigrants, and prioritizing LGBT and other human rights issues, it might now be time for mayors to take up the fight.

What Can a Foreign Minister Do For a City?

If the international community is going to address the global challenges it so often speaks of, it must learn how to better work with and harness cities.