Many global cities are plagued by urban violence. How is this affecting their success on the global stage? How can law enforcement and communities collaborate to mitigate the damaging social costs of violence and rebuild trust with one another? How can global cities effectively balance public safety with individual privacy? What innovative approaches to data analysis, community policing, and education are reducing crime and violence?
Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute, participated in a high-level panel discussion in the context of the 2016 Chicago Forum on Global Cities. The topic of the panel discussion was Combating Violence and Building Unity. The panel consisted of:
- Christiane Hajj, Executive Director, Fundación Centro Histórico; Executive Director, Violence Prevention Program, Carlos Slim Foundation
- Robert Muggah, Research Director, Igarapé Institute
- Michael A. Nutter, Former Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia SIPA
- Dr. Abi Williams, President, The Hague Institute for Global Justice
- Moderated by Edward Luce, Chief US Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times
In his remarks, Dr. Williams focused on the results of The Hague Institute’s project on the role of cities in preventing violent conflict. The report Conflict Prevention in The Hague and the Metropolitan Area contains the findings of the pilot phase of this project and recommendations for practitioners and policymakers.