Category: Working Group

Title: The Rise of Metropolitanism: The International Order and Sub-national Actors

Date Published: September 25, 2019

World map at night with regions lit up. The Rise of Metropolitanism

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The growth and international clout of cities and sub-state actors has been unparalleled in recent decades. These players seek agency in the international arena, forming networks for cross-border cooperation on issues like climate change, health, transnational crime, and migration.

ISD’s working group report, “The Rise of Metropolitanism: The International Order and Sub-national Actors,” explores how mayors, governors, and other sub-state actors both challenge and contribute to diplomacy at the national and international levels. How will these new networks find their voice in the international arena?

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