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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 Kelsey Paul Shantz for more information.

Latest Publication

Impact:Peace Launch Report
Other Publication
August 2019

The Stanley Foundation and the University of San Diego Kroc School's Institute for Peace and Justice launched  Impact:Peace in May 2019. The initiative aims to reverse the 30-year high in violent conflict the world is currently experiencing. Read More


April 2019
Solutions Begin with Individuals
Mark M. Seaman, Editor and Director of Communications

April 2019
Beyond State Collapse: A CAR Notebook
Amy Niang
Photos by Will Baxter

November 2018
Keeping Peace in the Central African Republic
Simon Allison in Bangui with photos by Will Baxter

November 2018
The Potential of Private Enterprise
Matthew Schweitzer

August 2018
The Good of Global Governance

August 2018
Half the Peace
By Peter Coleman

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Kelsey Paul Shantz
Jai-Ayla Quest
Jessica Kline

10/16/19   60th Strategy for Peace Conference
10/22/19   Launch of Mediterranean Basin Network
10/28/19   Focal Points Meeting of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
07/16/19   Impact:Peace Policy Salon
07/10/19   Impact:Peace Policy Salon


The Business Case for Building Resilience and Pursuing Peace
A roundtable from the 59th Strategy for Peace Conference, convened by the Stanley Foundation, October 2018
Participant Resources and References

Making Atrocity Prevention Effective
Experts shared case studies from Myanmar, Burundi and CAR and discussed their experiences in atrocity prevention.
Columbia University, New York, NY
March 26, 2018
Watch the video

Symposium on Global Mass Violence & Atrocities
South Dakota State University World Affairs Council
Brookings, S.D.
January 26, 2018
Watch Jai-Ayla Quest and Kelsey Shantz take part in the panel 

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
Learn more

Spanish Translations

Respuestas Regionales a la Crisis en Venezuela: Resguardando los Derechos Humanos de Refugiados y Migrantes
Policy Memo
March 2018
Bogota, Colombia

Plan de Acción de Milán para prevenir el extremismo violento y las atrocidades masivas
Milan Forum for Parliamentary Action in Preventing Violent Extremism and Mass Atrocities
November 2017
Milan, Italy

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

French Translations

Plan d’action de Milan sur la prévention de l’extrémisme violent et des atrocités de masse-French
Milan Forum for Parliamentary Action in Preventing Violent Extremism and Mass Atrocities
November 2017
Milan, Italy

Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go? Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go?
Attention all full-time Muscatine Community School District and Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School K-12 teachers, for the 2019-2020 school year, the Stanley Foundation announces: Catherine Miller Explorer Awards. Enter the drawing.

60th Strategy for Peace Conference 60th 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.

Concurrent roundtables focused on each of the foundation’s three current areas of programming—climate changenuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities. These roundtable discussions are intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.

Courier Courier
The Spring 2019 issue of Courier highlights some of the impact-driven activities the Stanley Foundation pursue with its partners. This includes stories that resulted from two journalism workshops: one examining the false missile alert in Hawaii, as well as one focused on issues of conflict and instability. This issue also examines how Green Banks could help bridge the climate finance gap, explores a new initiative that hopes to bring gender equity to the nuclear field, and brings you the stories of three teachers who enhanced their understanding of the world through travel. Spring 2019 PDF. Subscribe for Free.

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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.