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New Report Examines the Intersection of Security and Economic Growth in Metropolitan Areas around the World

March 16, 2017 (Washington, DC) – In March 2017, JPMorgan Chase and the Brookings Institution released a new report titled “Securing Global Cities: Best Practices, Innovations, and the Path Ahead,” which examines the intersection of security and economic growth in metropolitan areas around the world.

Securing Global Cities—which is co-chaired by General Raymond Odierno, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and JPMorgan Chase Senior Advisor, and Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution—aims to assist cities around the world as they promote continued growth and prosperity and enhance urban security. The report is part of the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, which was expanded in 2016 to include Securing Global Cities.

Through conversations with more than 100 practitioners, academics, civic leaders, and government officials over the course of the past year—dialogues that took place in a dozen cities in five countries—the authors identified several best practices and principles to inform the urban security mission:

  • Continue to refine community policing
  • Break down stovepipes
  • Establish clear strategies against organized crime
  • Exploit new opportunities from technology
  • Promote social cohesion
  • Prepare for “black swan” events
  • Enhance public-private partnerships

This project—along with the Global Cities Initiative work underway in more than 30 cities around the world—is intended to help metropolitan leaders as they engage in an increasingly interconnected global economy.


The Brookings Institution is a private non-profit organization. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations for policymakers and the public. Support for the Global Cities Initiative was generously provided by JPMorgan Chase. Brookings recognizes that the value it provides is in its absolute commitment to quality, independence and impact, and makes all final determinations of the scholarly activities in the Global Cities Initiative, including the research agenda and products.

The Global Cities Initiative is a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase designed to help metropolitan leaders advance and grow their regional economies by strengthening international connections and competitiveness. GCI activities include producing data and research to guide decisions, fostering practice and policy innovations, and facilitating a peer-learning network for dissemination and replication.