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Large-scale and systematic violence are on the rise around the globe—disrupting societies, creating spillover effects, and stretching the international system thin. The consequences of failing to prevent such violence are too great to ignore.

Stakeholders at all levels are demanding new strategies for preventing, responding to, and recovering from mass violence. To overcome the threat to global peace and security, state and nonstate actors alike must work collectively to design fresh approaches to strengthening societal resilience to mass violence and atrocities.


Current Work

To ensure that diverse stakeholders at all levels create durable and inclusive institutions and mechanisms that strengthen societal resilience to mass violence and atrocities, the Stanley Foundation focuses on: 

  • Helping establish prevention-focused regional networks that support effective policy action at the national, regional, and international levels to build resilience.
  • Engaging different policy sectors to work effectively together to develop and promote a resilience agenda.
  • Promoting evidence of “what works” in building resilience at the regional, national, and local levels in global-reform processes.  

Building on the foundation’s work on genocide and mass atrocity prevention, this work draws on our strengths as a convener of key stakeholders, including international and regional organizations, national governments, civil society, and the private sector. We commission expert analysis to encourage innovative policy ideas and actively engage the media on policy issues related to strengthening resilience to mass violence and atrocities. 

Contact Jai-Ayla Quest for more information.


Latest Publication

Taking Stock of the Evidence: What Works to Reduce Violence and Prevent Atrocities?
Policy Memo
November 2017

Roundtable participants discussed what works to guide successful policy and programmatic investments and to help communities and whole societies find ways to break the cycle of violence, build resilience, and promote sustainable peaceful change. Read More

Op-Eds and Articles

October 2017
Core Values
Keith Porter, Editor

October 2017
Greater Than the Tread of Mighty Armies
Mel Duncan

October 2017
Healing Colombia’s War-Ravaged Landscapes
Juan Francisco Salazar

August 2017
Crisis Cripples Venezuela
Andrés Serbin and Andrei Serbin Pont

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

April 2017
Conflict Averted Without Anyone Firing a Shot
Jaclyn Streitfeld-Hall

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CONTACTS
Jai-Ayla Quest
jquest@stanleyfoundation.org
563-264-6883
307-259-8377 cell
Kelsey Shantz
kshantz@stanleyfoundation.org
563-264-6851

CONVENING POSTSCRIPT

Global Parliamentarians
The role of the legislative branch in building national mechanisms for atrocity prevention

The Hague Institute for Global Justice
The Hague, Netherlands
April 13–14, 2017

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Reduciendo Riesgos, Fortaleciendo la Resiliencia: Hacia la Prevención Estructural de Crimenes Atroces
Policy Analysis Brief
Autor Alex Bellamy
September 2017

A pesar de la falta de atención y procesos más amplios y completos, el trabajo de prevención estructural es absolutamente esencial para prevenir crímenes atroces. A través de varios años, la Fundación Stanley ha apoyado diálogos e ideas frescas sobre la prevención estructural. Este Policy Analysis Brief apunta a sintetizar las conclusiones claves de este trabajo en prevención estructural y, sobre todo, articular formas en las cuales traducir teorías sobre la prevención estructural en acciones prácticas.

Respuestas Regionales a la Crisis en Venezuela
Policy Memo
August 2017

Este Policy Memo refleja la discusión del taller e incluye elementos definidos colectivamente sobre las características de la crisis y recomendaciones para decisores políticos y organizaciones de sociedad civil a nivel nacional y regional.

La Prevención de Atrocidades Masivas: Una hoja de ruta para legisladores
Policy Memo
July 2017

Red Latinoamericana para la Prevevención del Genocidio y Atrocidades Masivas
Informe Anual 2016


EVENTS
Current
11/27/17   Milan Forum for Parliamentary Action in Preventing Violent Extremism and Mass Atrocities
Past
10/31/17   2017 Positive Peace Conference: Research, Policy, and Practice
10/16/17   Focal Points Meeting of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
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The Stanley Foundation at COP23 The Stanley Foundation at COP23
The Stanley Foundation is taking part in COP23 as a part of our efforts in successfully limiting 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 advocacy groups on mobilizing climate action campaigns. 

Courier Courier
The weather has turned chilly, which means it’s time to sit down with the hot beverage of your choice and peruse the Fall 2017 issue of Courier from the Stanley Foundation. This issue includes a look at unarmed civilian protection, the rise of commercial satellite imagery in the monitoring of nuclear proliferation, the threat of environmental problems in Colombia and a tribute to two diplomats from the Marshall Islands. Fall 2017 PDF (1,151K) Subscribe for FREE.

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.


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.


Stanley Foundation at 60
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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