15 November 2020 – President-elect Joe Biden can build on the alliances and networks forged by US cities and mayors over the last four years to restore U.S. relationships globally. It is up to Biden foreign policy officials to decide how to engage the local leaders and networks that have had their fingers in the dike helping hold back the floodwaters of U.S. global disengagement and recklessness for four years. There are reasons to be optimistic about their approach. One of the initial steps that the new administration can take to leverage the work US mayors are doing on global issues is to build out global relationships with key partners such as the Global Parliament of Mayors.
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The article is written by Ian Klaus, Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and member of the Advisory Committee of the GPM.
Ian Klaus is co-author of Summary for Urban Policymakers: What the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C Means for Cities. Previously he was senior adviser for global cities at the U.S. Department of State.