By examining the great economic and political transformations of our time, Juan Luis Manfredi-Sánchez reveals how cities and their hinterlands have become part of globalisation. The global city has joined the group of actors who develop diplomatic, political and communicative action in a manner that is de facto and lawful. Thus, the city is involved in the formulation of foreign policy at the same time that it proposes its own political agenda, which may or may not be aligned with its own country. The city thereby becomes a source of innovation in the field of diplomacy. The Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating the political and diplomatic role of cities, which have become epicentres of prevention and response in the face of this public health crisis.
Juan Luis Manfredi-Sánchez, Ph.D. (1977), tenured Associate Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, is incoming Princess of Asturias Professor at Georgetown University. He writes on international relations and diplomacy, communication and technology, as well as political risk and the liberal order.
" It [the book] is valuable as a starting point for future empirical research on urban diplomacy and provides valuable teaching material for graduate courses. Its style and length make Urban Diplomacy suitable for broader audiences in the fields of urban studies and international relations. By developing a deeper understanding of city diplomacy the book can inform political practice and public policy addressing urban challenges that have global significance." - Alejandra Trejo-Nieto, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico, in Journal of Urban Affairs, 2022.
Urban Diplomacy: A Cosmopolitan Outlook Juan Luis Manfredi-Sánchez
2 The Urban Planet: Demography, Connectivity and Multimodal Transport
3 What Is City Diplomacy?
4 From Ideation to Action: How Cities Carry out Their Diplomacy
5 Do City and State Diplomacy Work Together?
All interested in the new international order, the emerging role of global cities, innovation in diplomacy, and local political leadership. Urban Diplomacy offer an ideal answer to plurality and diversity in international affairs, or in other words, a sort of complementary “middle power” for the purpose of preserving rules, free trade, commerce, open spaces, and political rights.