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Max Bouchet discussing the relevance of city-to-city diplomacy in the Covid-19 crisis

In their publication, Max Bouchet, research analyst at the Brookings Institution and GDL member, and his co-author Anthony Pipa discuss the role of city-to-city cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These city networks are crucial for international cooperation and offer a broad stream of benefits, ranging from economic and material aspects to knowledge exchange and advocacy. During the pandemic, for instance, partner cities have helped each other out with masks for the local population where they were lacking.

The article further argues that city-to-city cooperation will also facilitate more effective implementation of new programmes and that partner cities will continue to expand the help they provide to one another, such as sharing the technical expertise that they may have acquired in a different field.

In the future, in a post-COVID world, these partnerships are likely to continue to develop, especially since they will result in more diversity.

Take a closer look at Max’s thoughts on how city-to-city diplomacy will develop and why it is important in the discussion paper he has written for the Brookings Institution.

Published on September 03, 2020.

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Max Bouchet
Max Bouchet is a research analyst at the Brookings Institution, affiliated with the Metropolitan Policy Programme and the Global Economy & Development Programme. He conducts research on building stronger and more inclusive city-region economies. He also stewards the SDG Leadership Cities network to help local leaders implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Over 2018-2019, Max Bouchet combined his analysis on global cities with a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship (Global Governance Futures 2030). Connecting with scholars, diplomats, business and community leaders from countries of the Global South and North, he researched the role of cities in addressing global challenges. Previously, Max was chief analyst of Conway, Inc., an Atlanta-based economic consultancy firm.

He graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po, France) with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs. Max Bouchet is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and conversant in Mandarin Chinese after studying at Fudan University in Shanghai.

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Read more about his vision on city-to-city diplomacy here.

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