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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 Angela Bruce-Raeburn for more information.


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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)

April 2014
Preventing Mass Atrocities: Resilient Societies, State Capacity, and Structural Reform
Policy Dialogue Brief (188K)

March 2014
From NonInterference to NonIndifference: Reflecting on the Implementation of the Article 4(h) Agenda at the African Union
CIVIL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVES
Conference Report (293K)

December 2013
Law and Order: Tools for Building State Protection Capacity to Prevent Mass Atrocity Crimes
Sean McFate
Policy Analysis Brief (237K)

November 2013
Civil Society Perspectives: Building State Capacity To Prevent Atrocity Crimes
Conference Report (2,742K)

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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

November 2013
Chipping Away at the Iceberg
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

November 2013
R2P Is Dead, Long Live R2P

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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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LATEST PUBLICATION

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

In preparation for the sixth annual debate on the Responsibility to Protect the Stanley Foundation and its collaborators hosted a policy discussion to analyze the sixth UNSG report which focused on Pillar two of R2P. Read More

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04/29/09   Nation Building and the Obama Administration: Aligning US Capabilities for the Challenges of State Fragility
05/18/09   Sudan and Its Ramifications for R2P
HIGHLIGHTS
Courier Courier
In the newest issue of Courier, our editor takes on Godzilla to find out what the fictional prehistoric monster can teach us about our collective fight to solve common global problems. Keith Porter writes about the challenges that global governance faces in the future. 

We also have a sobering look at the Central African Republic, a piece on India’s climate change policy, and an interview about genocide prevention. Lastly, an investigative news nonprofit takes a deep dive into Japan's controversial plutonium-reprocessing plant.

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Author Anchee Min Speaks Author Anchee Min Speaks
8th Annual International Women Authors Event
Featuring Best-selling Author Anchee Min
November 6, 2014
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

New Video on Nuclear Security New Video on Nuclear Security
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.

In the latest, you’ll find many extras—from upcoming events to multimedia resources. Sign up now


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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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