The Future of the City: Thought Leadership Forum

World Policy Institute and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation present: 

Journal of International Affairs Thought Leadership Forum on the Future of the City
Monday, April 23, 6:30 pm
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Kellogg Conference Center, International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street, 15th Floor  



(media courtesy of Ahmet Sibdial Sau)

Titled “The Future of the City,” this forum is an exploration of the pressing global challenges in governance, development, social equity and the environment approached through an urban lens. With over half the world’s population already living in cities, urban problems will become, almost by definition, national and international problems. Cities will become the workshops within which many of the world’s most intractable issues—from poverty alleviation to environmental sustainability—will be solved.

This year, Journal’s signature event will mark the launch of the 65th anniversary issue for spring/summer 2012. It is an opportunity for students and thought leaders to engage in intellectual debate with the rigor and spirit of inquiry that fosters a more nuanced understanding of the issues. Bringing together the collective expertise of our participants, the discussion will focus on the transformative effect that mass urbanization is having and will have on the political, economic, social and structural fabric of cities around the world. Speakers include:

Keynote Address

Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President

Panel Discussion

Alexander D. Garvin, Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Architecture and President of AGA Public Realm Strategists, Inc.

Jeffrey Inaba, Founding Director of C-Lab and Principal at INABA

Greg Lindsay, journalist and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

Kavitha Rajagopalan, Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute

Carne Ross, Executive Director of Independent Diplomat

Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair of The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University

The event will be moderated by Ester R. Fuchs, Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science and Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. The event will be followed by a reception with wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Click here to register.

“The Future of the City” will be available for purchase at or as an e-book on from April 18, 2012. Copies will also be on sale at the event. 

About the Sponsors

The World Policy Institute, a non-partisan global think tank, engages fresh ideas and new voices from around the world to address critical shared challenges. WPI's Fellows program, regular public and private events, policy development, media activities, and flagship World Policy Journalprovide a forum for solution-focused policy analysis and debate. It seeks and promotes policy solutions in support of an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, effective global governance, and broadened security strategies.

Founded in 1947, the Journal of International Affairs is a leading foreign affairs periodical published by students at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. The Journal has earned worldwide recognition for its unique single-topic format, and for framing heated debates in international affairs for over sixty years. Past contributors include Hannah Arendt, Condoleezza Rice, Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky, Francis Fukuyama and other leading thinkers in the field of international affairs.

Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs aims to empower people to serve the global public interest. Our goal is to foster economic growth, sustainable development, social progress, and democratic governance by educating public policy professionals, producing policy-related research, and conveying the results to the world. Based in New York City, with a student body that is 50 percent international and educational partners in cities around the world, SIPA is the most global of public policy schools. For more information, please visit

Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia University continually seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex global issues of our time. Columbia’s extensive public service initiatives, cultural collaborations, and community partnerships help define the University’s underlying values and mission to educate students to be both leading scholars and informed, engaged citizens. 

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