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.


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.


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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Thu, May 14, 2020

Cosa Buena: A good thing for art and public health in Oaxaca

In the city of Oaxaca, Mexico one social enterprise has taken its relationship with local artists to a new level in the coronavirus pandemic, collaborating with them to create and design sustainable handwashing stations.

Stories of Resilience

Coronavirus Mexico
Hack the Crisis screen shot

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Building Virtual Communities: The Power of Technology to Connect People

Today’s technology has become the connective tissue of our physically distant lives and positioned us to quickly learn about and respond to COVID-19.

Stories of Resilience

Coronavirus Eastern Europe

Tue, Apr 28, 2020

How testing can provide a way out of coronavirus shutdowns

Testing “is really the only way out without having a vaccine or an easy therapeutic…to reopen parts of our economy and [stop] the ricocheting between either being shut down and therefore safe, or being active in the economy and therefore in tremendous risk for rebound,” according to Dr. Rajiv Shah

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus United States and Canada

Thu, Apr 23, 2020

It Takes a Village: Helping the Most Vulnerable in Crisis

India’s coronavirus lockdown has sparked an economic pandemic. A collective of community groups and non-profits in Chennai stepped in to help.

Stories of Resilience

Coronavirus India

Thu, Apr 16, 2020

In crisis, social connectedness builds more resilient communities

Grocery stores are building more resilient communities as COVID-19 has required people to stay home and away from their neighborhood eateries.

Stories of Resilience

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Wed, Apr 15, 2020

McLeod in Foreign Affairs: Building a Resilient Planet

The conventional wisdom holds that climate change is a problem for international organizations, big governments, and global corporations to solve. Only those major players can make a dent in global greenhouse gas emissions, the thinking goes, and only they can pool the necessary resources. Given the monumental scale of the coming climate crisis, anything short of […]

In the News

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience & Society

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Fighting COVID-19 side by side with migrants

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 Atlanticist by Walter Cotte and Rebecca Scheurer

Colombia Coronavirus

Wed, Apr 8, 2020

Massive testing program could hold keys to ending coronavirus crisis

A massive nationwide testing program could help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and could provide a roadmap for rolling back the extensive social distancing measures implemented across the United States and around the world, according to Nobel laureate economist Paul Romer and Dr. Raj Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation and former administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Resilience

Wed, Apr 8, 2020

Refugee women: The most vulnerable and yet the most resilient in this pandemic

Refugee women will be disproportionately affected by COVID-19, living in densely populated conditions without government support. Yet their resilience and sense of personal agency is inspiring others around the globe.

Stories of Resilience by Priyali Sur & Vanessa Davaroukas

Coronavirus Greece

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Cities “on the front lines” of the coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic worsens and deaths increase around the world, national and local governments are racing to prepare their healthcare systems, infrastructure, and economies to weather the current storm. “The world writ large was not adequately prepared to see what has come,” former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said on April 1, adding that now it is up to mayors and local officials who “are really on the frontlines,” to take action to protect their citizens.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Resilience