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The Metropolitan Order: The Impact of Cities on the International System

Date: 3:30pm PDT April 12, 2017 Location: Templeton Campus Center

Templeton Campus Center

Demographic changes in the 21st century have led to rapid urbanization around the world. Will growing cities coupled with global connectivity cause cities to play a leading role in handling issues of international importance? Or does the nature of cities and the institutions within them prevent their emergence as powerful international actors?


Kris Hartley is a lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Over the years, he has consulted for multiple government agencies, including agencies in Thailand and the United States, on topics including economic development and urban growth.

Glen D. Kuecker is a professor of history at DePauw University and serves as the coordinator of City Lab. His work primarily focuses on Songdo City, South Korea as a case study for the examination of potential repercussions of climate change, energy, food insecurity, political shifts, and demographic changes.