The Stanley Foundation's 50th Strategy for Peace Conference
Challenges for US and Global Security in an Interdependent World
What does US national security mean in a world where scores of countries are severely underdeveloped and in danger of getting worse? How can we best respond as the chances of widespread state failure seem to be increasing well beyond the current high-profile cases of Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan? What policy tools, plans, and actions are needed in a world where the worst threats to both US and global security may come from state weakness rather than state strength?
The Stanley Foundation’s 50th Strategy for Peace Conference (SPC) last fall went beyond the well-worn debates over which bureaucratic agencies or departments should have more funding or authority, instead addressing the major political and conceptual hurdles still blocking structural changes in US policies toward the most fragile, weak, and failing states in the international system. Participants were asked to assess the core question, "What does it mean for the United States to treat state fragility, in all its forms and guises, as a strategic security challenge on the same order as nuclear proliferation or competition with rising powers such as China?"
Across three separate and simultaneous roundtable discussions among US officials and experts and those from the United Nations, Europe, and elsewhere, the 50th annual SPC challenged participants to think about the problem as more than just giving additional money to current bureaucratic structures or rearranging the current system. The three discussions were:
The event also featured a keynote address by Ambassador Johnnie Carson, assistant secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs. All three roundtables involved a combination of working papers and selected readings in advance. And each produced a policy memo summary of recommendations and a more full report of the discussion. All of these materials are available here.
—Michael Kraig and Keith Porter
In the newest issue of Courier, we see China through the eyes of Jan Fear, one of our Catherine Miller Explorer Awards winners. Two experts argue about the effectiveness of the G-20 as a multilateral venue, and we talk to Jennifer Welsh, the newly appointed UN special adviser on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Finally, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie answers questions about the connection between literature and war.
Our bimonthly newsletter highlights new policy analysis about preventing nuclear terrorism as well as stopping mass atrocities before they start. And we pay tribute to Ambassador Richard Williamson—a member of the Stanley Foundation’s Advisory Council since 2005—who passed away on December 8.
In the latest, you’ll also find many extras—from upcoming events to multimedia resources. Sign up now
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
The Stanley Foundation publishes policy briefs, analytical articles, and reports on a number of international issues.
|Watch and Learn
Stanley Foundation events, talks, video reports, and segments from our Now Showing event-in-a-box series can now be viewed on YouTube. To receive regular updates on our video posts, please subscribe today.