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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.
 

CCMP Journalism Fellowships to Attend Climate Change Summits in San Francisco and Poland
The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), led by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Foundation, invites journalists to apply for fellowships to attend two major climate change summits taking place in 2018: the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, United States (September), and the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland (December). Apply by May 4.


Press Releases

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.

April 29, 2016
Stanley Foundation Commits to Help World Reach
Ambitious Climate Change Goal

MUSCATINE, IOWA (April 29, 2016) The Stanley Foundation today announced that its climate change programming will be committed to driving worldwide cooperation on an unprecedented global goal to limit average temperature increases to just 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C or 2.7°F) above preindustrial levels. The foundation’s climate change work will focus on pushing the international community well beyond pledges made in Paris last December to curb global climate change.

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‘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 Spring 2018 issue of Courier highlights the issues facing Cambodian fishermen as their lakes are affected by climate change. It includes a tribute to Dick and Mary Jo Stanley, a look at UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ attempts at UN reform, and a peek at our Iowa Student Global Leadership conference.

The issue also focuses on how artificial intelligence is being integrated into military systems around the world, how sustainable farming practices can impact carbon emissions, and the cyber vulnerabilities of the world’s most dangerous weapons. Spring 2018 PDF. (1,151K) Subscribe for FREE.


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Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences
The Stanley Foundation holds two annual conferences, UN Issues and the Strategy for Peace Conference. These bring together experts from the public and private sectors to meet in a distraction-free setting and candidly exchange ideas on pressing foreign policy challenges.

Divided into roundtable talks, the cutting-edge discussions are intended to inspire group consensus and shared recommendations to push forward the debate on the foundation’s key policy areas.


The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP23 The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP23
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.

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 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.

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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.