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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Fri, Nov 16, 2018

Waiting for Eden Book Celebration & Launch of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience Bookshelf

On November 16th, the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience launched its Resilience Bookshelf, which highlights prescient, compelling, and thought-provoking stories in which resilience is a central theme. Individual resilience lies at the heart of all the Bookshelf’s content, providing lessons for how to translate the concept of resilience into action against the range of major, […]

Event Recap by Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience

Wed, Nov 14, 2018

The evolving wildfire threat: fewer, larger fires

While this year’s most intense fires have captured national attention as the largest, most destructive, and deadliest in California history, the total number of fires occurring annually in the United States has actually declined gradually in recent decades. 

New Atlanticist by Samuel Jeffrey

Resilience United States and Canada

Fri, Oct 12, 2018

Rapid intensification of hurricanes: A threat that requires resilient responses

A hurricane rapidly intensifying immediately before making landfall poses a unique and urgent threat. Systematically building resilience to account for these conditions—with hours, not days to prepare for a storm—is critical.

New Atlanticist by Samuel Jeffrey

Energy & Environment

Wed, Oct 10, 2018

Lessons from Hurricane Andrew

Although Michael stands to cause severe storm surges, wind damage, and loss of life, Florida’s resilient-by-design approach may aid the state in withstanding the storm and looking toward recovery.

New Atlanticist by Samuel Jeffrey

Climate Change & Climate Action

Tue, Sep 18, 2018

SURGING SHORES – Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience Tabletop Discussion

On September 18th, the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience convened a private, senior-level tabletop exercise in Newport, Rhode Island, to explore ways of better building resilience into our systems before the next disruption. The discussion, entitled SURGING SHORES and enabled by a simulation tool developed by Dutch digital infrastructure modeling company SIM-CI, elicited from participants […]

Event Recap by Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Tracking hurricane florence

Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 2 as it makes its final approach to the Carolina coastline, still has the potential to inflict severe damage.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment United States and Canada

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

Ready and Resilient: A Discussion with FEMA Deputy Administrator for Resilience Dr. Daniel Kaniewski

On July 17, the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience hosted Dr. Daniel Kaniewski, deputy administrator for resilience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for a public event to discuss FEMA’s response to the 2017 hurricane season, its four-year strategic plan, and its new FEMA Resilience organization – a major new initiative aimed at better […]

Event Recap by Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

Resilience Center Event on FEMA Mentioned in Hill Article

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In the News by Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience

Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Atlantic Council Launches New Podcast Resilient World, Featuring Thought Leaders Discussing How Resilience Can Help Address Global Threats

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Atlantic Council launched Resilient World, a new podcast that features thought leaders sharing their views on resilience and how it can help with disruptions and challenges, from global health security to climate change, countering violent extremism, and many more. Hosted by Christine Wormuth, director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht […]

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Fri, May 4, 2018

Wormuth Quoted in the New York Times on Reducing US Forces in South Korea

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In the News by Christine Wormuth