Ian Klaus

Ian Klaus is senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He is a co-author of Summary for Urban Policymakers: What the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C Means for Cities.

a photo of yellow vest protesters in Paris, France.

To Understand American Political Anger, Look to ‘Peripheral France’

French geographer Christophe Guilluy has a controversial diagnosis of working-class resentment in the age of Trump, Brexit, and the Yellow Vests.

A photo from the COPS24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland.

How Cities Can Lead on Climate Change Solutions

The latest United Nations climate change report paints a dire picture, but IPCC co-chair Debra Roberts says urban residents have a critical role to play in addressing the crisis.

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.