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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.

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.

December 5, 2015
Press Release: COP21: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to reveal 2 global reports
COP21: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will reveal two global reports
  • Nine Global Actions That Dramatically Cut Carbon Emissions
  • Climate Finance Action Plan That Shows How to Replicate These Successes Around the World
Paris, 5 December 2015 - R20 Founder and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yale University, and the Stanley Foundation, in collaboration with the R20 and USC Schwarzenegger Institute, released "Scaling Up: From Local to Global Climate Action."

August 27, 2015
Stanley Foundation Names Two Vice Presidents
The Stanley Foundation is pleased to announce the promotion of two senior staff members. Jennifer Smyser, director of policy programming strategy, and Patricia Papke, director of operations, were both elected as vice presidents by the foundation’s Board of Directors at their August meeting.

March 17, 2014
The Way Forward for Nuclear Security
The world's supply of weapons-usable nuclear material must be locked down to keep it out of the hands of terrorists. The Stanley Foundation produced a 13-minute video looking at what needs to be done to stop terrorist groups from acquiring enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb.

January 23, 2014
A View from Africa: Civil Society & Atrocity Prevention
In the fight to prevent mass atrocities, Africa's shift from noninterference to nonindifference was historic in 2000 when the African Union (AU) sought to shuck off the vestiges of its predecessor's inaction.

September 6, 2013
Experts React to G-20 Communiqué: Damocles Sword and Economic Policy
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, Sept. 6 - Policy experts who study the G-20 offered the following reactions to the G-20 communiqué.

February 11, 2013
Keith Porter Named Stanley Foundation President
The Stanley Foundation Board of Directors has elected Keith Porter to be president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

December 10, 2012
Stanley Foundation President Sambaiew to Retire
Stanley Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Vladimir P. Sambaiew has announced he will retire from the world affairs nonprofit as of January 11, 2013.

June 19, 2012
Briefing: Defining Success in Los Cabos
American, Canadian and Mexican policy experts who study international summitry and the global economy will brief journalists at the International Media Center in Los Cabos, Mexico, as world leaders conclude discussions at the G-20 Summit.

June 18, 2012
G-20 Experts to Brief Press on Summit Expectations
American, Canadian and Mexican policy experts who study international summitry and the global economy will brief journalists at the International Media Center in Los Cabos, Mexico, as world leaders begin discussions at the G-20 Summit.

June 14, 2012
Diplomacy, Economic Experts Available at G-20
American, Canadian and Mexican policy experts who study international summitry and the global economy will be available to journalists gathering in Los Cabos, Mexico, as world leaders arrive for the G-20 Summit.

May 16, 2012
G-8 Part of Evolving Global Summit Process
David Shorr, a global summitry expert at the Stanley Foundation, has a long history of working on multilateral diplomacy issues and examining the evolution of leader-level summits. He is available by phone for interviews in the lead-up and during the G-8 summit for independent, expert perspective analysis.

April 23, 2012
Creation of Atrocities Prevention Board Important Step
Success of the newly created Atrocities Prevention Board depends on ability to make atrocity prevention fabric of US foreign policy, Stanley Foundation Program Officer Rachel Gerber says.

January 12, 2012
R2P Conference to Examine Future of Atrocity Prevention
‘R2P: The Next Decade’ to gather Senior Officials, Experts, Civil Society

R2P Conference to Examine Future of Atrocity Prevention "R2P: The Next Decade" to gather Senior Officials, Experts, Civil Society.

November 4, 2011
Experts React to G-20 Communiqué
Foreign Policy experts, including Stanley Foundation's David Shorr, react to the G-20 Communique from the Cannes Summit.

November 3, 2011
G-20 Press Briefing at Cannes Summit
A press briefing is scheduled for Nov. 3, 2011 at the media center at the G-20 Summit in Cannes, France

November 1, 2011
G-20 Expert Available For Media Interviews From Cannes Summit
David Shorr, an internationally recognized expert on matters involving high-level diplomacy, will be on hand this week at the G-20 Summit as a quotable source of insight into the diplomatic and geopolitical meaning of the Cannes Summit.

October 28, 2011
Press Resources Available for G-20 Summit
The Stanley Foundation has a long history of working on global governance issues and has the following resources and experts available to journalists covering the upcoming G-20 Summit in Cannes, France.

October 19, 2011
G-20 Press Briefing Planned for Nov. 2
Senior-level government officials and policy experts who study the G-20 and G-8 processes plan to brief journalists gathering in France the day before world leaders arrive to meet at the Cannes Summit.

May 27, 2011
At Close of Deauville Summit, G-8/G-20 Division of Labor Still Being Sorted Out
What will be the future shape of high-level diplomacy? That's one of the geopolitical questions raised by the G-8, particularly as it positions itself in relation to the more inclusive G-20. Observers of the Deauville summit have pondered the purpose of the G-8 since it excludes rising global powers such as China, India, and Brazil.

May 26, 2011
G-8 Must Tread Carefully on Lagarde IMF Candidacy
"Separate from the merits of the candidacy of Christine Lagarde or any of her rivals, the issue of how key powers handle the selection process has high stakes diplomatically," said Stanley Foundation program officer David Shorr. "If the old guard Western powers of the G-8 move toward a decision without really consulting rising powers, the optics will be terrible."

May 23, 2011
Press Resources Available for G-8
The Stanley Foundation, a nonpartisan foreign policy nonprofit, has a long history of working on global governance issues and examining these questions. It has several following resources and experts available to journalists covering the G8 Summit.

November 12, 2010
A Difficult Yet Constructive Summit; Final Thoughts on the Seoul G20
Stanley Foundation Program Officer David Shorr, a longtime observer of multilateral diplomacy, was on-site for the Seoul 2010 G20 Summit. He offers these observations on the event and the final communique.

October 13, 2010
Toward Seoul: G-20 Resources, Expert Available
Stanley Foundation Program Officer David Shorr, an expert on global governance, will be on-hand at the International Media Center in Seoul during the summit to answer reporters’ questions about the G-20 and its evolving role in the international system.

June 27, 2010
David Shorr: G-20 Leaders Recognize Shared Stake in Global Challenges
Stanley Foundation Global Governance Expert David Shorr, co-editor of “Powers and Principles” and “Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide,” can give reaction to conclusion of the G-20 Summit and speak about the evolution of the G-20 as the premier leaders’ forum.

June 26, 2010
Foreign Policy Expert Available for G-8 Reaction
As the G-8 concludes this morning's session on pressing global security issues and prepares to release it's communique, foreign policy expert David Shorr of The Stanley Foundation is at the International Media Centre in Toronto and available for interviews.

June 18, 2010
Press Resources Available for G-8, G-20 Summits
The Stanley Foundation, a nonpartisan foreign policy nonprofit, has a long history of working on global governance issues and examining these questions. It has resources and experts available to journalists covering the summits.

March 4, 2010
New Documentary Examines Threat of Nuclear Terrorism
Radioactive Challenge, a new video report produced by The Stanley Foundation, examines the effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials globally within four years as outlined by the US administration. Through interviews with experts, government officials and a visit to Kazakhstan to examine cooperative nuclear security efforts there, Radioactive Challenge aims to encourage discussion about the complexities of the world’s greatest security challenge: keeping nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists.

February 26, 2010
Apply Now: Nuclear Security Reporting Fellowship
The Stanley Foundation is pleased to collaborate once again with the International Reporting Project to offer one of up to 10 IRP Fellowships that will be awarded this year to U.S. journalists to carry out project reporting from any country in the world outside of the United States.

February 1, 2010
Experts to Brief Hill Staff: FY11 Budget Impact on Securing Nuclear Material
Two former US government nonproliferation officials – Kenneth Luongo and Matthew Bunn – will brief Congressional staff on the implications of the president's FY11 budget on the administration’s goal of securing all vulnerable nuclear materials worldwide within four years, as well as the broader arms control/nonproliferation agenda.

January 28, 2010
Experts Applaud SOTU, Announce International Summit on Nuclear Materials Security
In this State of the Union address last night, President Obama reiterated his commitment to “securing all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years, so that they never fall into the hands of terrorists.” And he called attention to April's nuclear security summit, which will bring 44 nations together in Washington, D.C., to discuss this four-year goal. Today, in order to complement and parallel Obama’s official summit, a group of more than 40 leading experts and nongovernmental organizations concertedly working on top nuclear materials control priorities announced details of their own international summit on April 12, 2010.

December 3, 2009
Experts Announce NGO Summit on Nuclear Materials Security
A group of more than 40 leading nuclear policy experts today announced details of an NGO summit they will organize in advance of a heads-of-state summit President Obama has called to discuss nuclear materials security efforts.

November 25, 2009
International Perspectives on Securing Vulnerable Nuclear Materials
The Stanley Foundation will host a luncheon panel on Thursday, December 3, to offer international perspectives on the Obama administration nuclear materials security initiative and the upcoming heads-of-state level summit on the issue. The panel will be moderated by Kennette Benedict, executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

October 20, 2009
Experts Recommend Key Steps Toward Preventing State Fragility
Since the end of the Cold War, the United States and larger international community have been confronted by a series of crises caused by acute instability and violent conflict in weak or fragile states. In many instances such crises have necessitated costly interventions by the United Nations and the United States to stabilize and then rebuild the affected state. Ideally such interventions could be averted. A preventive approach to the challenge of fragile states was the focus of the 50th annual Strategy for Peace Conference recently organized by the Stanley Foundation.

October 15, 2009
Five Ways Obama Can Secure Nuclear Material
The Fissile Materials Working Group, a group of 23 non-governmental experts in support of the Obama administration’s goal to “secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years,” has made a series of policy recommendations in a letter to President Obama. This working group believes in the Administration’s four-year policy objective and will work to see that it is achieved in the U.S. and internationally.

September 18, 2009
Media Guide: Obama to Chair Security Council
The Stanley Foundation has several experts and resources available as the press prepares to cover President Barack Obama’s chairmanship of the UN Security Council next week. Obama will be the first American president to ever chair the 15-member group as it convenes to discuss nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

September 2, 2009
Toward Pittsburgh: Flashpoints for the G-20 Summit
When leaders from the G-20 countries gather in Pittsburgh on September 24-25, they'll face not only a severe economic downturn but also tectonic shifts in international politics. The global economy has prompted them to convene summit meetings at an unprecedented tempo; the shifting balance of power has raised basic questions about the future form and content of these high-level conclaves.

September 1, 2009
'Great Decisions' Taking Place in Muscatine
A national public education program that encourages participants to learn about US foreign policy and global issues will take place this fall in Muscatine.

June 15, 2009
Is the Group of Eight Obsolete?
In a new policy analysis brief for the Stanley Foundation, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and director of policy for the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, James Traub argues that the G-8's status is part of a larger stagnation seen in post-World War II international institutions.

October 14, 2008
New Understanding of Security Threats
Must Drive Rethink of US Nuclear Weapons Policy

In a changing security environment, one of the main goals of US strategic policy should be to prevent the use of nuclear weapons, either by state or nonstate actors. Equally true, nuclear weapons in 2008 have no military utility, only political utility. Participants in a Strategy for Peace roundtable discussed how to reduce the political utility of nuclear weapons in a manner that is strategically stable.

October 13, 2008
Next US Administration Should Review US Nonproliferation Policy
In order for the United States to set clear priorities for a consistent and credible nonproliferation regime while reviewing its nuclear posture, participants in a Strategy for Peace roundtable recommended that the next administration immediately undertake a policy review of US nonproliferation policy.

August 7, 2008
Journalism Training Course Offered in China
The Reuters Foundation, in collaboration with the Iowa-based Stanley Foundation, is accepting applications from US journalists to participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism training course in Beijing, China, November 10-14.

June 25, 2008
Why Selective Engagement? Iranian and Western Interests Are Closer Than You Think
Post-9/11 events in the Middle East have strengthened Iran's geopolitical and strategic role. The containment of Iran is an unrealistic solution, given that coercive isolation has only fostered a more radical and security-dominant domestic Iranian brand of politics.

June 25, 2008
Stanley Foundation/KQED Radio Documentary
on Global Security Wins National Press Club Award

Third Consecutive National Press Club Honor for Production Team

June 17, 2008
Scary Things That Don't Exist: Separating Myth From Reality in Future WMD
In the future anything is possible, but not all things are equally possible. This may be the most important thing to remember when it comes to thinking about future weapons of mass destruction (WMD). A new Stanley Foundation policy brief examines a few areas where the US government's assessment of future WMD threats— and possible countermeasures—has fallen short.

May 30, 2008
Rise and Shine: America Can Prosper in Age of Rising Powers
Five hundred years of history tell us that when a dominant power is faced with the rapid rise of another nation, things will not go smoothly. Today, China, India, and even Russia are regaining power across several dimensions. So what does this mean for America? It’s a question that’s been the subject of intense debate.

April 22, 2008
International Nuclear Dialogue Concludes in St. Petersburg
Experts from the US, Russia, and elsewhere held lively discussions in St. Petersburg, Russia, over the last two days regarding progress on nuclear weapons arms control and disarmament, strengthening the ongoing cleanup of Cold War nuclear weapon legacies, and more.

February 21, 2008
US Policy Options Toward Pakistan
In a new policy analysis brief for the Stanley Foundation, Owen Bennett-Jones of the BBC’s World Service argues that given widespread agreement the war on terror is going to last at least 20 years, the United States should think about longer-term policies to stabilize Pakistan.

February 12, 2008
Energy, Security, and Society:
Russian Nuclear National Dialogue Planned

The first of four international conferences planned by the Stanley Foundation to engage key countries and regions in talks about the future of nuclear disarmament will occur in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 21-22.

January 18, 2008
Journalism Training Workshop Offered in India
The Reuters Foundation, in collaboration with the Iowa-based Stanley Foundation, is accepting applications from US and Indian journalists to participate in an all-expense paid journalism training workshop in Mumbai, India, April 21-25.

December 13, 2007
New Reports Examine Middle East Security
Two new Stanley Foundation reports examine Middle East security issues facing states in the Gulf and Levant subregions. The Future of Gulf Security report continues the foundation’s multiyear focus on security issues facing this critical subregion. For Levant Security, the foundation spent ten months looking at conflict involving Lebanon and Syria from several different angles.

November 28, 2007
New Analysis Examines Nuclear Dangers
A policy analysis by David Cortright examines nuclear dangers and probes sources of instability that are driving proliferation and continued reliance on nuclear weapons. It traces the evolving political legitimacy and technical feasibility of nuclear weapons abolition, and concludes with suggestions to realize a future free of nuclear weapons.

October 31, 2007
US Push for Prompt Global Military Strikes Pose Strategic Consequences
Improving technology will allow a precise US military strike anywhere on the planet within an hour. A roundtable of experts recommended further analysis and strategic planning of the US prompt global strike concept at the Stanley Foundation’s 48th annual Strategy for Peace Conference.

October 31, 2007
Post-Iraq US Democracy Promotion Efforts Require New Multilateral Strategy
While the Iraq War has hampered American democracy promotion efforts, support for democratic values and human rights will remain a core element of US policy. Roundtable participants at the Stanley Foundation’s Strategy for Peace Conference discussed the range of multilateral tools and less aggressive methods the next US administration has to promote democracy.

October 30, 2007
Growing Nuclear Stockpiles Require New Security Measures
With the potential for growth in uranium and plutonium stockpiles, new measures will be needed to adequately secure and safeguard fissile material. A roundtable of experts recommended new security measures at the Stanley Foundation’s 48th annual Strategy for Peace conference.

October 23, 2007
The UN and Iraq: Moving Forward?
In a new policy analysis brief, titled The UN and Iraq: Moving Forward? James Traub offers a series of recommendations for the United Nations and others as the world body steps into the “calamitous deadlock” gripping Iraq.

July 6, 2007
Stanley Foundation Dialogues in Cambodia Highlight Aid, Trade,
and Infrastructure Dimensions of New Power Dynamics in Southeast Asia

The Stanley Foundation and two other institutions concluded a weeklong dialogue series with participants from leading universities, think tanks, NGOs, as well as the Cambodian and foreign governments, to examine complex and important economic issues facing the Asia-Pacific region.

July 3, 2007
Vladimir Sambaiew Named Stanley Foundation President
The Stanley Foundation has elected Vladimir P. Sambaiew as its president, effective September 4, 2007.

June 20, 2007
Stanley Foundation/KQED Radio Documentary on Arab Media Wins Top National Press Club Award
“24/7: The Rise and Influence of Arab Media,” a public radio documentary produced by the Stanley Foundation and KQED Public Radio, was awarded the National Press Club’s 2007 Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence.

June 4, 2007
Policy Memo on Africa and G-8 Summit Now Available
The Stanley Foundation and the Aspen Atlantic Group recently convened an expert workshop in Berlin to discuss the principal obstacles to effective multilateral solutions to the problems on the African agenda-and how the international community can create an Africa that is rising, rather than at risk. A four page policy memo summarizing the discussion and general recommendations is now available.

May 30, 2007
Stanley Foundation Launches New Dialogue Examining Asia's Shifting Power Dynamics
In Asia today the world is witnessing a "power transition" on a scope and scale arguably unseen for close to 400 years. To address and better understand these shifting power dynamics, the Stanley Foundation, in collaboration with the Pacific Council on International Policy, is launching a new project on Quadrilateral Strategic Dialogue: China, India, Japan, and the United States in the New Asia.

May 9, 2007
Public Radio Documentary Explores New Scenarios For US Global Leadership
David Brancaccio Hosts and Reports for "Beyond Fear: America’s Role in an Uncertain World."

April 4, 2007
Stanley Foundation Announces Journalism Award Recipients
The Stanley Foundation has selected three journalists to receive Reporting Project journalism awards, which will provide financial assistance for proposed reporting on examples of US-led multilateral efforts to strengthen global security and how those efforts have succeeded or failed.

February 1, 2007
Stanley Foundation Reporting Project Offers $25,000 in Awards
The Stanley Foundation is offering $25,000 in awards to journalists interested in reporting on examples of US-led multilateral efforts to strengthen global security and how those efforts have succeeded or failed.

January 31, 2007
Coming Soon From the Stanley Foundation: "Beyond Fear: America's Role in an Uncertain World"
The Stanley Foundation and KQED Public Radio announce a new radio documentary project "Beyond Fear: America's Role in an Uncertain World." The documentary is scheduled for release in spring 2007.

January 23, 2007
Stanley Foundation Launches New Project Examining US-China-Japan Relations
This new project is aimed at boosting confidence- and security-building measures in the Asia-Pacific region among three dominant powers: China, Japan, and the United States. The continuing security and prosperity of the region is largely contingent on enhanced cooperation among the three countries.

November 9, 2006
Policy Memo: New Power Dynamics in Southeast Asia
A new Stanley Foundation Policy Memo urges US leaders to promote regional stability and freer trade in Southeast Asia, where President Bush is scheduled to visit next week.

October 19, 2006
Stanley Foundation Announces New Project: Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide
A new initiative by the Stanley Foundation, "Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide," will bring together foreign policy and national security specialists from across the political spectrum to find common ground on ten key, controversial areas of policy.

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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