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Genocide and mass atrocities can be prevented by promoting the acceptance of states' sovereign responsibilities to ensure basic human protection. The world must help countries meet those responsibilities and ensure an effective multilateral response when states prove unwilling to honor them, a preventive framework outlined by the United Nations' Responsibility to Protect.


Current Work

Strategic Early Prevention, Capacity Building
To prevent the next mass atrocity, the Stanley Foundation engages UN officials, diplomats, and policymakers to support full implementation of the Responsibility to Protect—particularly as a preventive framework. We work to promote strategic policy approaches to pre-crisis atrocity prevention and greater international coordination in both preventing and responding to mass atrocity threats.

The foundation also encourages public discussion on the topic with a Now Showing event-in-a-box toolkit called Before the Killing Begins: The Politics of Mass Violence, which considers how early preventive strategies by governments and the international community should build much-needed capacities within countries, and make it harder for leaders to resort to violence. See our resources on civil society perspectives for building state capacity to prevent atrocity crimes. Contact Jennifer Smyser for more information.


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March 2015
A New Multilateralism for Atrocities Prevention: A Global Fund and Development Agenda Advancing Rule of Law
Mark P. Lagon and Ryan Kaminski
Policy Analysis Brief (281K)

January 2015
Responsibility to Prevent in Africa: Leveraging Institutional Capacity to Mitigate Atrocity Risk
Kwesi Aning and Frank Okyere
Policy Analysis Brief (328K)

November 2014
Advancing Transatlantic Linkages on Responsibility to Protect and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Policy Dialogue Brief (121K)

October 2014
Advancing Transatlantic Linkages on Responsibility to Protect and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Policy Memo (392K)

September 2014
The Role of Human Rights, Development Assistance, and Peacekeeping: Building State Capacity for Atrocities Prevention
Other Publication (781K)

May 2014
Strategies and Next Steps for the Responsibility to Protect: A Conversation with UN Member States
Policy Dialogue Brief (193K)

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October 2014
Matching Words With Deeds
Keith Porter

October 2014
CONSIDER THIS...

July 2014
Godzilla and Global Governance
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

July 2014
Eight Days in Bangui
Evan Cinq-Mars

March 2014
Rivalry, Vengeance, and Hope
Andrei Serbin Pont

March 2014
A House Divided
Ramesh Thakur

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April 2014
1st Meeting of the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC)
Video

April 2014
Angela Bruce-Raeburn at the 1st Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes
Video

February 2014
A View from Africa: Building Capacity to Prevent Atrocities
Video

February 2014
Part II - A View from Africa: Building State Capacity to Prevent Mass Atrocities
Video

February 2014
Part I - A View from Africa: Building State Capacity to Prevent Mass Atrocities
Video

February 2014
Part IV - A View from Africa: Building State Capacity to Prevent Mass Atrocities
Video

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CONTACT
Jennifer Smyser
jsmyser@stanleyfoundation.org 563-264-6884

LATEST PUBLICATION

A New Multilateralism for Atrocities Prevention: A Global Fund and Development Agenda Advancing Rule of Law
Mark P. Lagon and Ryan Kaminski
Policy Analysis Brief
March 2015

In this policy analysis brief, Mark Lagon, president of Freedom House, and Ryan Kaminski, program manager at the United... Read More

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The conference, brought together experts from the public and private sectors to meet in a distraction-free setting and candidly exchange ideas on pressing foreign policy challenges.

Divided into roundtable talks, the cutting-edge discussions are intended to inspire group consensus and shared recommendations to push forward the debate on the foundation’s key policy areas.


Courier Courier
The newest issue of Courier features an interview with award-winning author Anchee Min on China, peace, and human dignity. The issue also examines the need for more ambitious climate diplomacy in order to protect areas like the Marshall Islands and explores the critical need for preventing political violence that can lead to mass atrocities and genocide.

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The Stanley Foundation produced a 13-minute video looking at what needs to be done to stop terrorist groups from acquiring enough fissile material to make a bomb. The foundation talked with over a dozen diverse and distinguished experts from the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group and the Fissile Materials Working Group to see how today's patchwork of voluntary arrangements can be forged into a long-lasting system. Watch the video.

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Our bimonthly newsletter looks at a Latin America network to stop mass atrocities as well as a seminar for journalists aimed at demystifying nuclear lingo. We also have a slideshow of our annual Investigation U. summer camp for students.

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This Now Showing event-in-a-box toolkit Before the Killing Begins: The Politics of Mass Violence considers how early preventive strategies by governments and the international community should build much-needed capacities within countries, and make it harder for leaders to resort to violence. It aims to encourage discussion of how future efforts might better protect populations under threat, giving new resolve to the promise of never again. Sign Up.

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