Adapting Governance

October 15, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. CDT

Cities and mayors have taken a leading role in addressing challenges that transcend national boundaries: climate change, migration, and, most recently, a global health emergency. The frequent disconnect between national and local governments, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, has made it increasingly necessary for cities to assume non-traditional leadership roles and shape city-focused dialogues on global governance.

As the world deals with the pandemic and eventually transitions into a post-COVID reality, can the city remain a key instrument and platform for addressing global challenges?



President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013. Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-97. Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books, including The Empty Throne: How America Abdicated Its Global Leadership (with James M. Lindsay) (2018). Daalder was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


US managing editor, Financial Times

New York

Peter Spiegel is US managing editor of Financial Times, where he oversees editorial operations in the US and Americas. Previously, he spent three years as news editor in London, and also served as Brussels bureau chief. The FT won 13 British Press Awards while Spiegel was news editor, including news website of the year in 2017, and newspaper of the year in 2018. Spiegel formerly served as the national security correspondent for LA Times and The Wall Street Journal. He earned a MSc in European Politics from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in History from University of Pennsylvania.


Mayor, Miami


Francis X. Suarez is the 33rd mayor of Miami and the first Miami-born mayor of the city. As part of his Miami Forever Plan, Mayor Suarez has championed the integration of climate adaptive technologies and economic policies across all facets of government. Under his leadership, Miami has seen lower crime, an economic resurgence, and increased access to affordable housing for working people and communities of color. As the son of former Miami Mayor Xavier L. Suarez, Mayor Suarez learned the values of public service along with the need for economic opportunity, fairness, equal rights, and reconciliation for all. In 2019, Mayor Suarez was selected as an Aspen Institute-Rodel fellow and was also named a Time Future 100 Leader. In July 2020, he was elected as the second vice president and president of the US Conference of Mayors for the 2022 to 2023 term. Mayor Suarez earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida International University and his JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.


Twitter: @FrancisSuarez


Stay tuned for a detailed agenda. All times listed below are in Central Daylight Time (CDT).

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Opening remarks

10:15 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Fireside chat

10:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Keynote interview

10:50 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

Panel discussion and Q&A

11:35 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Closing remarks

11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Breakout sessions (by invitation only)

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