- City and state diplomacy is an important part of international cooperation, but right now it has no link to US foreign policy – which puts the country at risk of falling behind.
- But strengthening linkages to city and state diplomacy is ultimately growth-hacking for US foreign policy.
- Here are three ways to invest in city and state diplomacy as well as how to connect it to US foreign policy.
In early 2020, as much of the world held its breath and refreshed the John Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard, local leaders like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were already in action. Calling and texting with mayors around the world already facing down the virus and its impact. Los Angeles was able to move quickly: establishing drive-thru testing sites as recommended by Seoul, adopting Milan’s approach to reconfiguring hospital spaces, and sharing these models with other cities in the US.