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Link Between Climate Change, Atrocities Discussed

Connections between environmental stress and increased risk factors for mass atrocities were addressed at a panel discussion December 8, 2016, during the Law, Justice, and Development Week at the World Bank in Washington, DC. The panel, cosponsored by the Stanley Foundation and the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention, included Cullen Hendrix, who authored the Policy Analysis Brief Putting Environmental Stress (Back) on the Mass Atrocities Agenda was published by the Stanley Foundation in October 2016. During the discussion, Hendrix said investment in research is needed to better understand the connection between climate change and mass atrocities and to incorporate environmental indicators into existing early warning systems. (Delil Souleiman/Getty Photo)

Foundation Celebrates 60th Anniversary

During 2017, the Stanley Foundation will note its 60th anniversary of operations, which was announced on December 12, 2016, by President Keith Porter. The foundation was first certified as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Iowa on December 12, 1956, bringing to life an organization dedicated to creating a world in which there is a secure peace with freedom and justice. The organization continues to pursue and advance that vision as a thriving nonpartisan operating foundation. Moreover, it remains an organization with a professional staff and the involvement of family members who have an ongoing role in shaping its strategy and core values. 

Caption: Disarmament or stockpile inspections? Vital problems were pondered by Strategy for Peace Conference participants in 1961 that included Miss Faith Wright of M.I. T., flanked by Richard Barnet of the State Department at her right and Robert T. Donohue of the Geophysics Corp. at her left. (Photo by Joe Heiberger, The Washington Post)

Public-Private Partnerships in Focus at Atrocity Prevention Event

How can the atrocity prevention community increase partnerships between governments and the private sector? This question was explored at a policy salon dinner co-hosted by the Stanley Foundation and the Peace and Security Funders Group on December 6, 2016, in Washington, DC.

At the dinner, participants discussed the Central African Republic Interfaith Peacebuilding Partnership, an alliance between private foundations and USAID to provide a strong foundation for sustainable peace in the war-torn country. They agreed that more resources should be devoted to atrocity prevention and peacebuilding, and highlighted the importance of making the case to the public and private sectors to take a preventive approach to their joint programming in at-risk contexts. Additional resource. ( 

Caroline Dulaney

Carrie is the program officer for human protection at the Stanley Foundation. She previously worked as a grantmaker at Wellspring Advisors, a philanthropic consulting firm that promotes the full realization of human rights. Prior to Wellspring, she worked at Refugees International, coordinating the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping to foster discussion around structural reforms needed to strengthen peacekeeping.

The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Could It Inform Future Nonproliferation and Disarmament?
Policy Dialogue Brief
The Iran nuclear agreement, formally the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, contains innovative provisions that, if adapted, could be applied in other countries to facilitate cooperation in nuclear technology and strengthen the cause of nonproliferation and disarmament.

The Power of the Private Sector in Preventing Atrocities and Promoting the Responsibility to Protect
Policy Dialogue Brief
Past events have demonstrated that business can play a positive role in preventing atrocities. Participants at a recent roundtable concluded the business community ought to be engaged to further strengthen measures to prevent atrocities and uphold the Responsibility to Protect.

A Multistakeholder Governance Agenda: What Are the Opportunities
Policy Dialogue Brief
Multistakeholder approaches, which comprise coalitions of state and nonstate actors, have become a permanent part of global governance. Participants in a recent roundtable debated when, where, and how multistakeholder approaches can best be utilized and made recommendations for further exploration.

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