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Max Bouchet in conversation with city diplomat Henri-Paul Normandin

Cross-border networks and city-to-city diplomacy are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, argue Max Bouchet and Henri-Paul Normandin, director of international relations for the city of Montreal.

Having worked for the Canadian Foreign Service for many years, diplomat Henri-Paul Normandin is an expert on city networking and reaffirms its value also for local communities. Throughout their conversation it becomes very clear that global issues often affect each and everyone of us and thus need to also be tackled at a very local level, hand in hand with partner cities and respective networks.

You can watch the video of this stimulating virtual discussion below and read the full article on the Brookings homepage here.

Max has also co-organised sessions on the topic of city diplomacy with his fellow GDL members at the GDL prE-Summit as well as the Bled Strategic Forum.


Conversations@BrookingsGlobal with Henri-Paul Normandin

Published on January 1, 2021.

About the Author

Max Bouchet is a research analyst conducting research on building stronger and more inclusive city-region economies and is eager to support local leaders implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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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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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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