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The Stanley Foundation is a Midwest-based foreign policy nonprofit that brings a nonpartisan perspective to world affairs. Our programming addresses profound threats to human survival where improved multilateral governance and cooperation are fundamental to transforming real-world policy. Current efforts focus on policy improvement to prevent mass atrocities and violence, avoid the use of nuclear weapons in an era of rapid technological development, and drive collective and long-term action on climate change.

Resources on our policy issues can be found on our resources page. We encourage use of our publications for educational purposes. Any part of the material may be duplicated with proper acknowledgement.

Learn more about our media programming, including opportunities for journalists and other members of the media to participate in topical workshops, reporting fellowships, training, or events.

Press Releases

December 18, 2018
Stanley Foundation Joins New Network: Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy
The Stanley Foundation has joined Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy, a new international initiative bringing together more than 30 organizations working in the global nuclear policy field and committed to gender equality

June 26, 2018
Climate Vulnerable Forum Announces World’s First Low-Carbon Leaders Summit to Raise Climate Ambition and Accelerate Action
Dr. Hilda C. Heine, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and incoming Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), has announced the first ever carbon-free online Summit of world leaders on November 22, 2018.

December 16, 2017
Mary Jo Stanley (1934-2017)
The Stanley Foundation notes with great sadness the passing of our longtime board member and Director Emerita Mary Jo Stanley. Mary Jo joined the foundation’s board of directors in 1984 and served in that capacity until being named a director emerita in 2001. She served for decades as a co-host of Stanley Foundation events, welcoming diplomats, officials, and scholars from around the world to international conferences on significant issues of peace and security. Mrs. Stanley died December 14. She was 83.

November 17, 2017
Richard H. Stanley (1932-2017)
The Stanley Foundation is saddened to announce the passing of our Chair Emeritus, Richard H. Stanley. An engineer by profession, and a global businessman and world citizen at heart, Dick Stanley dedicated his life to making his community, family and the world a better place. At the Stanley Foundation, Dick embodied our vision, seeking a secure peace with freedom and justice, built on global citizenship and effective global governance. Mr. Stanley died today, November 17, following a brief illness. He was 85.

August 14, 2017
Stanley Foundation Names Successor to Richard Stanley
MUSCATINE, IOWA (August 14, 2017) — The Stanley Foundation Board of Directors has named Brian Hanson to succeed Richard Stanley as board chair, effective in November.


In the News

"International author to discuss violence against female immigrants at Davenport event" from the Quad City Times (quoting Jill Goldesberry)

"Independent Journalism as a Pillar of Peace" interview with Devon Terrill, conducted by Central European University’s Center for Media, Data and Society. 

"Muscatine High School Model UN Nurtures Future Leaders" from Voice of Muscatine

‘Continuity and Change’: Brian Hanson named chairman of Stanley Foundation

"The International Order under Fire" (featuring Keith Porter and Jennifer Smyser)

1985 Visit to Muscatine Never Forgotten by Chinese President from the Muscatine Journal, (quoting Keith Porter)

Muscatine Think Tank Has Global Reach from Muscatine Magazine (quoting Joseph McNamara and Keith Porter)

Two Muscatine teachers receive the 2017 Stanley Foundation’s Explorer Award (quoting Jill Goldesberry)

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