Through research, teaching, and work with governments and practicing professionals, the Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) seeks to improve society‚Äôs capacity to deal with natural disasters; infrastructure, technology, and systems failures; emergent infectious disease; and terrorism. Jointly affiliated with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, PCL takes a comprehensive perspective, looking at risk reduction strategies, emergency preparedness and response, and disaster recovery.

The Program on Crisis Leadership is led by faculty co-directors Arnold M. Howitt and Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard

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Talking about Threats:
PCL Faculty Affiliate Juliette Kayyem discusses how we can communicate about and process threats and risk.


ISIS Attacks in Paris:
PCL Faculty Affiliate Juliette Kayyem discusses the 11/13/15 terror attacks.


Refugees in Europe:
A PCL panel explored the challenges Europe faces as refugees from the Middle East and North Africa move across the continent.


A Summer of Wildfire:
PCL Senior Fellow Jerry Williams discusses how land management policies and practices have contributed to widespread wildfire this year.


Lessons from Katrina:
PCL Senior Fellow Doug Ahlers discusses what we've learned about disaster recovery in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina.


PCL Faculty Lead HKS Research on Disaster Response & Recovery
Since Hurricane Katrina, PCL faculty have been investigating how to improve disaster response and recovery capacity in the US and abroad. 


Responding to Hurricane Katrina: A Look Back, 10 Years Later:
PCL faculty affiliate Juliette Kayyem interviews Adm. Thad Allen, who assumed leadership of the federal response to Katrina in September 2005. 


FDNY after 9/11:
The New York Daily News profiles PCL Senior Fellow Joe Pfeifer's work in reforming the FDNY following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.



Past Event Highlights:
The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Challenges of Policy, Politics, and Logistics
Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Ebola: Can We Avoid a Global Pandemic?, a JFK Jr. Forum Panel 
September 9, 2014


Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later, a JFK Jr. Forum Panel 
April 16, 2014



NEW Case Study: "Operation Rollback Water" profiles the National Guard's response to the 2009 North Dakota floods.


NEW Book : Brassard, Giles, and Howitt, eds., "Natural Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific: Policy and Governance" 


White Paper: "Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing"