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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.

Climate Vulnerable Forum Summit

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine has announced the first ever carbon-free, online summit of world leaders on November 22, 2018. In this video, which the Stanley Foundation produced in collaboration with Principle Pictures, President Heine explains the intent and goals of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Summit—cooperative action for a sustainable climate future where all can survive and thrive.

 

Climate Change Media Partnership Fellowships

Twenty journalists have been awarded fellowships to cover key climate change meetings in San Francisco, California, and Katowice, Poland. The journalists, from 18 developing countries, will "learn how cities, countries, communities, companies, and individuals are working to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement – or are perhaps lagging in their commitments." Learn more. 

Press Releases

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.

November 15, 2016
Historic moment generates momentum for shift to 100 percent renewable energy
On November 15, 2016, the Stanley Foundation, along with several partners representing government, business, and civil society, collaborated on the event "100 Percent Renewable Energy for 1.5° C." View Press Release.

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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)


HIGHLIGHTS
Courier Courier
The Winter 2018 issue of Courier focuses on innovators and innovative ideas for global challenges—the role of women and vulnerable countries in mitigating climate change; the potential of blockchain technology in nuclear safeguards; the part the Boy Scouts are playing to keep the peace in the Central African Republic; the possibility that private enterprise could contribute to a more resilient society in Iraq; and an appreciation of the late Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Winter 2018 PDF. Subscribe for Free.


The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP24 The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP24
As a part of our efforts to limit global warming to 1.5° C, the foundation put forward policy ideas to achieve a global turning point in emissions by 2020, built upon efforts to catalyze global climate action by countries and sub- and non-state actors, and worked with journalists to strengthen coverage of the UN climate negotiations.

59th Strategy for Peace Conference 59th Strategy for Peace Conference
The Stanley Foundation convenes its Strategy for Peace Conference annually to consider key policy challenges, drawing on the experience and knowledge of invited experts from the public and private sectors.

At the conference concurrent roundtables are focused on each of the foundation’s three current areas of programming—climate changenuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities. This year a fourth roundtable will focus on global governance. Roundtable discussion is intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.


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The Stanley Foundation publishes policy briefs, analytical articles, and reports on a number of international issues. To reduce our carbon footprint and cut waste, we almost exclusively, use electronic distribution for our publications. Sign up to receive our resources via e-mail.

Investigation U. Camper Photos Investigation U. Camper Photos
We had a great group of campers attend the Investigation U. program this summer. Click here for photos. For participants only, username: IU2018.