The Issues

Addressing climate change, migration, and security challenges—affecting all geographies—is more urgent than ever. There is a critical need to build resilience for individuals, communities, and institutions to better understand, prepare for, and withstand these interrelated threats. Together, we must act to ensure a secure and more prosperous world. While not all problems can be solved, the promise of progress rests in our willingness to address challenges head on.

Climate Change

The growing urgency of the here-and-now threats posed by climate change—demonstrated by rising instances and impacts of floods, droughts, famines, and other natural disasters—necessitates improving the ability of individuals, communities, and institutions to prepare for, navigate, and recover from disruptions. Building resilience to climate change risks will require developing a variety of tools for vulnerable people and communities, through partnerships with policymakers, the global NGO community and corporate leaders.

Migration

Whether driven by climate-related disasters, conflict, famine, or poverty, hundreds of millions of people are migrating within their regions or across the globe—with nearly 70 million people forcibly displaced from their homes today. We will help create the enabling conditions that allow for success in local and global efforts, using a variety of policy, financial and technological solutions, to address these challenges.

Security

Changes in our structural, natural, and digital environment are leaving individuals, communities, and institutions increasingly exposed to conflict, extremist attacks, and political instability. As a first step in addressing these challenges, leveraging existing, proven strategies from our research, we will help create and advance principles and programs aimed at reducing the drivers that erode our security.

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Tue, Nov 24, 2020

FAST THINKING: John Kerry, America’s first climate czar

It’s one thing to say you take the threat of climate change seriously. It’s another to create a new cabinet-level post for a “climate envoy,” give it to John Kerry, and save him a seat on your National Security Council. That’s the plan Joe Biden laid out this week. What difference will it make?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action Elections

Sat, Nov 7, 2020

Joe Biden just won the presidency: What does that mean for America’s role in the world?

Atlantic Council experts weigh in on what the outcome of the 2020 election means for US foreign policy and America’s role in the world.

Elections 2020 by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Elections

Wed, Nov 4, 2020

What the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement means for the global fight against climate change

The pandemic illustrated the critical role for strong national leadership in combating a crisis and what happens when countries—including the United States—fail to cooperate on a multilateral level to find a solution.

New Atlanticist by Margaret Jackson and Jorge Gastelumendi

Climate Change & Climate Action United States and Canada

Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Either way, this election is a major turning point for our climate future

As the nation braces for the presidential election next week, there’s arguably no issue beyond the COVID-19 crisis for which the stakes are higher than climate change policy.

Elections 2020 by Kathy Baughman McLeod

Climate Change & Climate Action Elections

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Who’s Your Unsung Hero? Here are ten to get you thinking!

This week’s Stories of Resilience post has been written in collaboration with the Atlantic Council’s Unsung Heroes Initiative. 2020 has been a really tough year, for so many reasons. The scourge of COVID-19 has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and caused massive economic disruption that’s brought heartbreak and hardship to millions. In the US, […]

Stories of Resilience by Andrew R. Marshall

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Food relief on the frontlines

The world is facing an unprecedented global health crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stories of Resilience by Andrea Snyder

Resilience & Society United States and Canada

Tue, Aug 4, 2020

Extreme heat: What can be done to stop this “silent killer”?

While extreme heat is one of the planet’s clearest signals of global warming—last year was the world’s second hottest since 1880—it remains an invisible threat: a “silent killer” lurking in relatively clear view.

New Atlanticist by Kathy Baughman McLeod

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience

Sat, Jun 27, 2020

South Florida Officials, Resilience Experts Deploy First-Ever Mobile Resilience Pod for Rising Seas, Increased Temperatures and Pandemic Relief Efforts

Launch comes with major commitment to provide pods to communities around the nation and the globe, and five additional pods in Miami-Dade County communities MIAMI, FL – JUNE 27, 2020 – Today, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, with Miami-Dade County and City of Miami leaders, deployed the first-of-its-kind Community Resilience Pod. The pod—which will play […]

Press Release

Climate Change & Climate Action English

Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Facing twin crises of COVID-19 and climate change, refugees will suffer the most

Since its emergence barely half a year ago, COVID-19 has infected more than 8.5 million people globally, and has killed at least 452,000. The pandemic—along with climate change—leaves the planet facing “perhaps its worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.”

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus
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Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Houseless in a pandemic: How community “shows up” for their own to survive and thrive together

Houseless individuals are experiencing firsthand how the pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities and further stigmatized the houseless population.

Stories of Resilience by Andrea Snyder and Jacqueline Malaret

Coronavirus Resilience & Society