Fast ThinkingApr 13, 2021
FAST THINKING: Why economic development is key to addressing the migration crisis at the US border
By Atlantic Council
On this episode of Fast Thinking, Atlantic Council experts Rebecca Scheurer and Jason Marczak dive into the root causes of mass emigration from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, and offer recommendations for long-term solutions to the underlying push factors that drive people from their homes—including crime, gang violence, corruption, and climate change.
New AtlanticistApr 9, 2020
Fighting COVID-19 side by side with migrants
By Walter Cotte and Rebecca Scheurer
In uncertain times humanity historically comes together to embrace our commonalities. In the case of COVID-19, we can achieve more together if we include migrants as active participants in our efforts to quell the spread and impact of this disease.
New AtlanticistJan 27, 2020
The potential global impact of the coronavirus outbreak
By David A. Wemer
Beijing “must act" to contain the coronavirus outbreak, Miyeon Oh says, "especially in light of the indirect but potentially massive economic, social, and political impacts of the coronavirus in the region and around the world.” There is growing concern in Beijing as well, Robert A. Manning added, “that if this pandemic is only in its early stages, it could become the straw that broke the camel’s back for an already anemic economy.”
Rebecca Scheurer is a humanitarian professional with over twenty years of international disaster management experience in more than twenty-five countries, managing budgets totaling more than $200 million and raising tens of millions of dollars for her work. She served in a variety of leadership roles in major disaster responses such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, earthquakes in Haiti and Pakistan, and during the southeast Asia tsunami of 2004.
Prior to the Atlantic Council, Scheurer lead efforts at The Nature Conservancy to foster resilience in vulnerable communities using ecosystem-based strategies for risk reduction. She offers expertise in community-based disaster preparedness and is particularly interested in seeking innovative solutions for managing risks associated with climate change, migration and environmental degradation.
Scheurer previously served as the founding director of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) which aims to local level disaster preparedness capacities worldwide. Other positions held at American Red Cross include regional representative for Asia based in Bangkok, Thailand, and country representative in Hanoi, Vietnam. Ms. Scheurer also worked for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance under the US Agency for International Development as last served as regional advisor for South Asia based in Kathmandu, Nepal.