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, 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

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

The First Responders of Fashion

From luxury designers to ordinary citizens, the coronavirus pandemic is inspiring thousands to take to their sewing machines, united by a common thread: making masks for those on the frontlines of this crisis.

Stories of Resilience

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Stories of Resilience: An introduction

Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center and the Digital Forensic Research Lab launched a new blog series: Stories of Resilience to bring inspiration, optimism and solutions in times of pandemics.

Stories of Resilience by Adrienne Arsht, Kathy Baughman McLeod, Graham Brookie

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Mon, Mar 16, 2020

Addressing the coronavirus “infodemic”

“Information, including disinformation and misinformation about the novel coronavirus is spreading faster than the pandemic itself,” Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe explained. The sheer amount of information on the outbreak means that government and business leaders need to take specific actions to ensure that their citizens and employees receive important credible information.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Disinformation Economy & Business