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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 considers civil society perspectives for building state capacity to prevent atrocity crimes. Contact Carrie DuLaney for more information.

Latest Publication

Putting Environmental Stress (Back) on the Mass Atrocities Agenda
Cullen Hendrix
Policy Analysis Brief
October 2016

Research on the direct links between demographic-environmental stressors and mass atrocities is nascent, leaving policymakers without a coherent conceptual model of how issues such as land, water, and food scarcity, or feared shortages, might catalyze mass killings. Cullen Hendrix, associate professor at the University of Denver, proposes a plausible conceptual model that identifies structural and actor-contingent factors linking demographic-environmental... Read More

Policy Publications

October 2016
Putting Environmental Stress (Back) on the Mass Atrocities Agenda
Cullen Hendrix
Policy Analysis Brief (450K)

October 2016
Overcoming Barriers: Civil Society Perspectives on Implementing R2P
Workshop Summary (832K)

August 2016
Developing a Global Mechanism for Atrocity Forecasting and Prevention
Policy Dialogue Brief (291K)

May 2016
Allies Against Atrocities
Other Publication (115K)

April 2016
Reducing Risk, Strengthening Resilience: Toward the Structural Prevention of Atrocity Crimes
Alex Bellamy
Policy Analysis Brief (758K)

March 2016
2015 Annual Report of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Other Publication (3,342K)

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Op-Eds and Articles

July 2016
Peace at Risk in Burundi—Again
By Mike Jobbins

July 2016
We Are Desperate and Without Help
By Dan Sullivan

March 2016
Acting on the Responsibility to Protect
Alex J. Bellamy

January 2016
Joseph McNamara, Editor

January 2016
Peaceful Tools in the Responsibility to Protect
Alex Bellamy

September 2015
Defying Mass Violence and Genocide
Lee Ann De Reus

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SAFETY Guidelines for Journalists: Radiation Incidents SAFETY Guidelines for Journalists: Radiation Incidents
In the event of a radiation incident such as the use of a so-called dirty bomb or nuclear reactor incident, accurate and swift reporting is vital to public safety. This guide is intended to both help the journalist to be safe if they are covering such a story and to provide basic safety information that can be conveyed to the public to limit the risk of radiation exposure. 

Courier Courier
The Summer 2016 issue of Courier features: “Their name is the Rohingya, a people disowned by their home government, cast away as stateless and homeless. Who will step up and help?” and “Peace at Risk in Burundi—Again.” The issue also includes “Strengthening Nuclear Security in a Post-Summit World,” “No Time to Lose, the 1.5 C Limit in the Paris Agreement,” and “Investigation U. 2016.” The full Summer 2016 issue. PDF (1.0 MB) Subscribe for FREE.

Reporting a Radiation Emergency Reporting a Radiation Emergency
Journalists would play an indispensable role keeping the public informed in an emergency resulting in the release of radiation, either accidental or deliberate. But what do they need to do their job effectively? The following recommendations to authorities who would manage such an emergency were drafted by participants in the 2016 Rotterdam Nuclear Security Workshop for International Journalists.

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