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The use of nuclear weapons is an existential threat to human survival and wellbeing. As the world enters a new a period of rapid technological development, emerging technologies are challenging long-held assumptions and practices—about deterrence, disarmament, and nonproliferation—for how to best avoid the use of nuclear weapons through multilateral cooperation.

If nuclear governance regimes and norms do not become more adaptable to this accelerating pace of change, emerging technologies will disrupt or render obsolete existing institutions that control and mitigate the risks of nuclear weapons.


Current Work

To reduce this risk of nuclear use, the Stanley Foundation works to help global governance and technology development co-evolve in ways that manage or leverage the disruptive effects of emerging technologies on strategic stability, nonproliferation, and disarmament. Our efforts focus on:

  • Helping establish shared definitions of the risks and opportunities that emerging technologies pose for strategic stability, nonproliferation, and disarmament.
  • Informing and support existing nuclear governance institutions as they adapt to be more responsive to the risks of emerging technologies.
  • Engendering collective responsibility among stakeholders for managing the disruptive effects of emerging technologies.
  • Identifying and promoting innovative ways that emerging technologies can be applied to improve strategic stability, strengthen nonproliferation, and promote disarmament.

Building on the Stanley Foundation’s work on nuclear arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation issues over the last six decades, today’s nuclear policy programming draws on our strengths as a convener of key stakeholders, including international organizations, national governments, civil society, and industry. We commission expert analysis in order to encourage innovative policy ideas and actively engage the media on nuclear policy issues.

Contact Ben Loehrke for more information.


Latest Publication

Risks and Fragmentation: Challenges and Strategies for Nuclear Policy Advocacy
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January 2017

As nuclear weapons risks intensify, what opportunities for advocacy does this difficult strategic environment present to the policy community? How should the community adapt? This report summarizes insights from the Stanley Foundation’s Policy Lab on Nuclear Security and an externally-commissioned assessment. It gives an overview of critical nuclear risks and provides examples of potential strategies, opportunities, and places for collaboration. Read More

Op-Eds and Articles

April 2017
Consider This...

April 2017
Cooperation and Collective Action
Joseph McNamara, Editor, The Stanley Foundation

April 2017
International Order at Risk
Keith Porter, President, The Stanley Foundation

November 2016
Safeguard the World’s Nuclear Arsenals
Kennette Benedict

November 2016
Consider This...

July 2016
Strengthening Nuclear Security in a Post-Summit World
Commentary by Martin B. Malin and Nickolas Roth

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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.


Courier Courier
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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