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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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. 


"What do the Train Attack Heroes Teach Us?"
PCL faculty affiliate Juliette Kayyem on the prevention of the terrorist attack aboard a Paris-bound train.


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.


Ferguson, Missouri: PCL co-director Dutch Leonard analyzes the management of the response in Ferguson.


Building Resilience: Conflict Mitigation in Fragile States
November 4, 2015


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"