State and Local Governments


State and Local Officials Conference Call with Michael T. Osterholm

Speaker: Michael T. Osterholm
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Listen to Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and author of the recent Foreign Affairs article, "Unprepared for a Pandemic", discuss the current threat of the pandemic flu as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call Series.

Learn more about CFR's State and Local Officials Initiative.

See more in Public Health Threats and Pandemics; State and Local Governments; United States


The City and the World

At first glance, a study on cities and foreign policy may seem a bold leap into the future of international relations, but it represents, rather, a giant step into the present—into what is already taking place across the country and around the world.

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Charter Cities: New Options for the Bottom Billion

Speaker: Paul Romer
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Economist Paul Romer describes the concept for charter cities as “special reform zones that allow governments to quickly adopt innovative new systems of rules,” in order to “create opportunities for millions of people to...lead safer, healthier, and more prosperous lives.” Join Romer as he describes both the historical origins of this approach and promising new applications.

See more in Economic Development; Global; State and Local Governments