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Peter Marino

Peter Marino

  • foreign policy

    Mayor de Blasio at the U.N. in 2014 (photo: Rob Bennett/Mayor's Office)

    What would it mean for a city to have a foreign policy? And specifically what would it mean for New York City to have a foreign policy? At first sight, this question might seem somewhat absurd, or at least contentious. It is, of course, the United States government that has a State Department, a Defense Department, and embassies all around the world, not New York City. Diplomacy and international affairs are the work of the sovereign, are they not? Why would New York need to, or even be able to, do the work that