January 27th, 2020


Senior Fellow, The Wilson Center; Former U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security)

Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Strategic Communication Director, Insurance Information Institute


How do we build communities that are more resilient than the ones we were raised in? As severe weather hammers cities and spurs more migration, who will pay to shore up infrastructure and secure the border?

Experts at the highest levels of U.S. government are now working to uncover the ways that climate could threaten critical infrastructure and re-shape the way communities respond to risk. Meanwhile, as damages increase, so do insurance claims, making homeownership nearly impossible in areas with the greatest risk of fires, floods, and hurricanes. Pricing that risk and spreading the costs across society will test American democracy and could further exacerbate the growing wealth gap. 

A conversation with Alice Hill, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption, and Janet Ruiz, strategic communication director at the Insurance Information Institute. Joining remotely is Sherri Goodman, senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense (environmental security).