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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The National Guard and the  Homeland:
PCL collaborates with the National Guard on Executive Education programs for the Guard's senior leaders and their partners.


5 Years Forward:
Tuscaloosa, AL, led by Mayor Walter Maddox - a PCL Senior Fellow - has launched a website highlighting its recovery from the EF-4 tornado that tore through the city on 04/27/11.


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.


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. 




Past Event Highlights:
Accelerating Disaster Recovery:
Friday, January 22, 2016


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 Working Paper:  "The Typhoon Haiyan Response" explores intergovernmental and inter-organizational aspects of international humanitarian relief.


NEW Case Study: "Fears and Realities" profiles how Dallas, TX responded to cases of Ebola in 2014. 


Featured 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"