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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

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

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. 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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Jai-Ayla Quest
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Kelsey Shantz


Symposium on Global Mass Violence & Atrocities
South Dakota World Affairs Council 

South Dakota State University
Brookings, S.D.
January 26, 2018

Watch Jai-Ayla Quest and Kelsey Shantz take part in a 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

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

03/21/18   UN Issues Conference: Lessons Learned in Atrocity Prevention
03/26/18   Making Atrocity Prevention Effective
03/28/18   Sustaining Peace in Practice: Evidence, Measurement, and Indicators
02/15/18   Regional Perspectives on Education for Mass Atrocity Prevention
01/25/18   A Symposium on Global Mass Violence and Atrocities
Employment Opportunities
Program Associate, Media Programming

The Stanley Foundation seeks a program associate for media programming. Media programming includes workshops, story labs, trainings, briefings, forums, reporting projects, and fellowships for journalists and other media practitioners.

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.

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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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