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President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump meet in the Oval Office at the White House to begin what both pledge will be an orderly transition of leadership. The meeting was held November 10, 2016, just two days after the general election and marked the official beginning of the transition.
President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump meet in the Oval Office at the White House to begin what both pledge will be an orderly transition of leadership. The meeting was held November 10, 2016, just two days after the general election and marked the official beginning of the transition.
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Moving Forward Together


It was only a presidential election, but the vitriol of its campaign rhetoric and the extreme and sensational nature of its content exhausted me and, I suspect, many Americans. While the election results were a shock to most, our next steps in American democracy are familiar. The people have spoken, and we move forward in transition to a new president and new US leadership, as we have done 45 times in our history. This distinctly American rite of governmental passage once again offers us the opportunity to move forward in the best interests of our nation. 

This issue of Courier is dedicated to helping refocus our collective thoughts and energy on the immediate tasks our new president should undertake to improve our peace and security in nuclear policy, genocide prevention, and climate change. Here we present insights from three global policy experts on what President-elect Donald Trump and his administration should take to heart and take action on to advance positive US leadership in those issue areas. 

The presidential campaign was traumatic, illustrating a divided America on many issues. The election results did not create the division, they merely reflected it. The election did not solve any problems, but it clears the stage for the new leader to step up and address them. Hopefully, those same election results will enlighten the way to healing the divide.

Now it is time to move on and, hopefully, move forward. Most of all, now is the time for straight talk and real action.

Mr. President-elect, we offer you a special issue of Courier—a briefing and insight for leading us forward on three key global threats to our peace and security. Take us to heart as we join you in that quest.


— Joseph McNamara, Editor
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A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia
The Ground Truth Project, New America, and the Stanley Foundation are hosting a Screening of “A Climate for Conflict” and discussion with the creators followed by a panel discussion on Climate Security and Societal Resilience on May 30, 2017.

Somalia today is at a crossroads between a deepening crisis and a path to stability. Photographer and filmmaker Nichole Sobecki and writer Laura Heaton spent 18 months documenting personal stories of Somalia, creating a film, photography, and reporting that vividly illustrate the human consequences and security risks of a changing climate. Read more.

Follow the conversation online with #AClimateforConflict.


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The Spring 2017 issue of Courier provides insight and perspective on different global policy areas, including mass atrocity prevention in the Gambia and climate change agricultural innovation in Morocco. This issue also features a special look at the global order by Stanley Foundation president, Keith Porter; a feature on the struggle of a Somalian refugee hoping to resettle in the US; and a Q&A from our latest explorer award winner. The full Spring 2017 issue. PDF (1,151K) Subscribe for FREE.

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On December 12, 1956, the Stanley Foundation was certified as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Iowa, bringing to life an organization dedicated to creating a world in which there is a secure peace with freedom and justice. Sixty years later, 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. More.

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