On Thursday, May 16, the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight initiative (SFI) of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Mathew Burrows, counselor for the US National Intelligence Council and Dr. Parag Khanna, senior fellow at the New America Foundation and adjunct professor of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

Both speakers touched on great opportunities for economic growth and innovation arising from cities as well as critical challenges concentrated in urban spaces – poverty, inequality, and security threats. The lively discussion was moderated by Dr. Banning Garret, Strategic Foresight senior fellow for innovation and global trends, of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.