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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

Regional Responses to the Crisis in Venezuela
Policy Memo
October 2017

This Policy Memo reflects the discussion at a workshop in Panama City on the Venezuelan crisis. It includes collectively defined elements on the characteristics of the crisis and recommendations for policy makers and civil society organizations at the national and regional levels. Read More

Publications

October 2017
Regional Responses to the Crisis in Venezuela
Policy Memo (93K)

October 2017
UN-Civil Society Cooperation to Strengthen Accountability and Prevention Under the Responsibility to Protect
Policy Memo (219K)

August 2017
Respuestas Regionales a la Crisis en Venezuela
Policy Memo (96K)

July 2017
Preventing Mass Atrocities: A Road Map for Legislators
Policy Memo (611K)

June 2017
Human Protection: Strategic Opportunities in a Challenging Political Environment
Other Publication (813K)

April 2017
Annual Report 2016: Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Other Publication (1,222K)

December 2016
The Power of the Private Sector in Preventing Atrocities and Promoting the Responsibility to Protect
Policy Dialogue Brief (266K)

November 2016
The Power of the Private Sector in Preventing Atrocities and Promoting the Responsibility to Protect
Policy Memo (423K)

November 2016
A Necessary Good: US Leadership on Preventing Mass Atrocities
Other Publication (2,100K)

October 2016
Putting Environmental Stress (Back) on the Mass Atrocities Agenda
Cullen Hendrix
Policy Analysis Brief (450K)

October 2016
Overcoming Barriers: Civil Society Perspectives on Implementing R2P
Workshop Summary (832K)

August 2016
Developing a Global Mechanism for Atrocity Forecasting and Prevention
Policy Dialogue Brief (291K)

May 2016
Allies Against Atrocities
Other Publication (115K)

April 2016
Reducing Risk, Strengthening Resilience: Toward the Structural Prevention of Atrocity Crimes
Alex Bellamy
Policy Analysis Brief (758K)

March 2016
2015 Annual Report of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Other Publication (3,342K)

January 2016
Violent Nonstate Actors as
Perpetrators and Enablers of Atrocity Crimes

Policy Dialogue Brief (202K)

January 2016
The First Response: Peaceful Means in the Third Pillar of the Responsibility to Protect
By Alex Bellamy
Policy Analysis Brief (2,916K)

November 2015
The Responsibility to Protect at Ten: Perspectives and Opportunities
Other Publication (409K)

November 2015
Nonstate Actors as Perpetrators and Enablers of Mass Atrocity Violence
Policy Memo (386K)

August 2015
Economic Drivers of Mass Atrocities:
Implications for Policy and Prevention

Dr. Raymond Gilpin
Policy Analysis Brief (470K)

June 2015
Fifth Annual Meeting of the Global Network of R2P Focal Points
Other Publication (219K)

May 2015
Taking Stock of the Responsibility to Protect in Africa: Challenges, Prospects, and Priorities for the Next Decade
Policy Dialogue Brief (251K)

May 2015
The Responsibility to Protect in the Next Decade
Policy Dialogue Brief (210K)

May 2015
Ten Years Since the World Summit: Developing Civil Society’s Strategy for the Responsibility to Protect in the Asia-Pacific Region
Civil Society Perspectives
Conference Report (810K)

May 2015
The Responsibility to Protect at Ten: The Challenges Ahead
Dr. Edward C. Luck
Policy Analysis Brief (251K)

May 2015
2014 Annual Report: Activities of the Latin American Network
for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

Other Publication (2,203K)

April 2015
Taking Stock of the Responsibility to Protect in the Asia-Pacific
Policy Dialogue Brief (264K)

April 2015
The Responsibility to Protect in the Next Decade
Policy Memo (387K)

March 2015
A New Multilateralism for Atrocities Prevention: A Global Fund and Development Agenda Advancing Rule of Law
Mark P. Lagon and Ryan Kaminski
Policy Analysis Brief (281K)

January 2015
Responsibility to Prevent in Africa: Leveraging Institutional Capacity to Mitigate Atrocity Risk
Kwesi Aning and Frank Okyere
Policy Analysis Brief (328K)

November 2014
Advancing Transatlantic Linkages on Responsibility to Protect and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Policy Dialogue Brief (121K)

November 2014
Advancing Transatlantic Linkages on Responsibility to Protect and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Policy Memo (392K)

September 2014
The Role of Human Rights, Development Assistance, and Peacekeeping: Building State Capacity for Atrocities Prevention
Other Publication (781K)

May 2014
Strategies and Next Steps for the Responsibility to Protect: A Conversation with UN Member States
Policy Dialogue Brief (193K)

April 2014
Preventing Mass Atrocities: Resilient Societies, State Capacity, and Structural Reform
Policy Dialogue Brief (188K)

March 2014
From NonInterference to NonIndifference: Reflecting on the Implementation of the Article 4(h) Agenda at the African Union
CIVIL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVES
Conference Report (291K)

December 2013
Law and Order: Tools for Building State Protection Capacity to Prevent Mass Atrocity Crimes
Sean McFate
Policy Analysis Brief (237K)

November 2013
Civil Society Perspectives: Building State Capacity To Prevent Atrocity Crimes
Conference Report (2,742K)

October 2013
Preventing Mass Atrocities: Resilient Societies, State Capacity, and Structural Reform
Policy Memo (405K)

December 2012
Assisting States to Prevent Atrocities: Implications for Development Policy, Stabilization Assistance, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
Policy Dialogue Brief (113K)

October 2012
Assisting States to Prevent Atrocities
Policy Memo (74K)

September 2012
Getting Along: Managing Diversity for Atrocity Prevention in Socially Divided Societies
Pauline H. Baker
Policy Analysis Brief (225K)

September 2012
Building State Capacity to Prevent Atrocity Crimes: Implementing Pillars One and Two of the R2P Framework
David J. Simon
Policy Analysis Brief (106K)

March 2012
Preparatory Workshop for the Second Meeting of the R2P Focal Points Network
Policy Memo (183K)

February 2012
R2P: The Next Decade
Policy Memo (61K)

December 2011
Structuring the US Government to Prevent Atrocities: Considerations for an Atrocities Prevention Board
Policy Dialogue Brief (85K)

November 2011
The Responsibility to Protect: Challenges and Opportunities in Light of the Libyan Intervention
Other Publication

October 2011
Structuring the US Government to Prevent Atrocities: Considerations for an Atrocities Prevention Board
Policy Memo (75K)

May 2011
The Role of Regional and Subregional Arrangements in Strengthening the Responsibility to Protect
Conference Report (320K)

February 2011
Mass Atrocities and Armed Conflict: Links, Distinctions, and Implications for the Responsibility to Prevent
Alex J. Bellamy
Policy Analysis Brief (136K)

January 2011
Atrocity Prevention and US National Security: Implementing the Responsibility to Protect
Policy Dialogue Brief (96K)

October 2010
Atrocity Prevention and US National Security: Implementing the Responsibility to Protect
Policy Memo (64K)

September 2010
Funders Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect
Policy Memo (190K)

June 2010
Review and Vitalization of Peacebuilding
Conference Report (210K)

June 2010
Wider Lessons for Peacebuilding: Security Sector Reform in Liberia
John Blaney, Jacques Paul Klein, and Sean McFate
Policy Analysis Brief (114K)

May 2010
Review and Vitalization of Peacebuilding
Policy Memo (62K)

March 2010
Implementing the Responsibility to Protect
Conference Report (180K)

February 2010
The Challenges of State Fragility for US
and Global Security in an Interdependent World

Strategy for Peace
Conference Report (3,287K)

January 2010
Implementing the Responsibility to Protect
Policy Memo (57K)

October 2009
African Security and the Future of US Africa Command
Policy Memo (179K)

October 2009
Forging a US Strategy for Fragile States
Policy Memo (52K)

October 2009
Stabilizing States in Crises: Leveraging International Capacity
Policy Memo (183K)

October 2009
Sudan and the Implications for Responsibility to Protect
Ambassador Richard W. Williamson
Policy Analysis Brief (117K)

September 2009
Afghanistan: Thinking Through the Basics
Ronald E. Neumann
Policy Analysis Brief (78K)

August 2009
Peacebuilding Following Conflict
Conference Report (422K)

June 2009
Peacebuilding Following Conflict
Policy Memo (63K)

January 2009
The Responsibility to Protect and Foreign Policy in the Next Administration
Policy Dialogue Brief (87K)

October 2008
The Roots of the United States’ Deteriorating Civilian Capacity and Potential Remedies
Policy Dialogue Brief (69K)

August 2008
The United Nations and the Responsibility to Protect
Edward C. Luck
Policy Analysis Brief (103K)

August 2008
Actualizing the Responsibility to Protect
43rd Conference on the United Nations of the Next Decade
Conference Report (557K)

July 2008
Surveying the Civilian Reform Landscape
Other Publication (183K)

May 2008
The Benefits of Augmented Civilian Capacity
Other Publication (117K)

Op-Eds and Articles

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

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

April 2017
“My Apartment Building Is Full of Women Worrying About What Is Next”
Abigail Higgins, Reporting for The Development Set

November 2016
Prevent Mass Atrocities and Genocide with Real Action
Allyson Neville

November 2016
Genocide Survivor Asks World to Listen
Francie Williamson, The Stanley Foundation

July 2016
Peace at Risk in Burundi—Again
By Mike Jobbins

July 2016
We Are Desperate and Without Help
By Dan Sullivan

March 2016
Acting on the Responsibility to Protect
Alex J. Bellamy

January 2016
Connecting...
Joseph McNamara, Editor

January 2016
Peaceful Tools in the Responsibility to Protect
Alex Bellamy

September 2015
Defying Mass Violence and Genocide
Lee Ann De Reus

September 2015
The Best Person for the Job
Keith Porter, President

September 2015
Hope in Darkness
Anthony Kasongo

September 2015
Rebuilding Bridges
Tigranna Zakaryan

October 2014
Matching Words With Deeds
Keith Porter

October 2014
CONSIDER THIS...

July 2014
Godzilla and Global Governance
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

July 2014
Eight Days in Bangui
Evan Cinq-Mars

March 2014
Rivalry, Vengeance, and Hope
Andrei Serbin Pont

March 2014
A House Divided
Ramesh Thakur

November 2013
Chipping Away at the Iceberg
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

November 2013
R2P Is Dead, Long Live R2P

November 2013
Literature and the Legacy of War

July 2013
Same Name, New Game
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

July 2013
Kenya’s Travails
Kira Kay

July 2013
A Smarter Approach
Audrey Williams

July 2013
Waving the Red Flag: Preventing Atrocities

July 2013
More Star Trek Than CSI
Rei Tang

July 2013
UN Peacekeeping by Numbers

July 2013
Activating Human Protection in Situations of Crisis

July 2013
Lloyd Axworthy Talks About the Lysöen Declaration

November 2012
Mali’s Deepening Crisis: How Will the World Respond?

October 2012
Saving Lives Requires US Leadership
Rachel Gerber, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

September 2012
Debating Protection and the Use of Force

May 2012
Guinea-Bissau Coup Tests UN Peacebuilding

May 2012
Obama Establishes Atrocities Prevention Board

May 2012
Peacekeeping and the Responsibility to Protect
The Interdependent

Rachel Gerber

April 2012
Kony 2012: A Lesson in Online Activism

March 2012
Marking Ten Years of the Responsibility to Protect
Keith Porter, Director of Policy and Outreach, The Stanley Foundation

March 2012
The Responsibility to Protect In Action
Gareth Evans

March 2012
A Coming of Age for Human Protection
Sean Harder, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

March 2012
The Future of Responsibility
Rachel Gerber, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

March 2012
Let’s make 2012 the “Year of Prevention”

February 2012
Responsibility While Protecting

February 2012
R2P: The Next Decade

October 2011
Nobel Laureate Must Strike Deal With Ex-Warlord to Win Liberian Election

October 2011
Prevention: Core to the Responsibility to Protect
e-International Relations

Rachel Gerber

September 2011
Beyond Libya: A world ready to respond to mass violence
Savannah Morning News

Rachel Gerber

August 2011
The Trials and Tests Faced by R2P

April 2011
Mass Atrocities and the International Community: The Multilateral Framework for Prevention and Response

April 2011
"R2P" involves more than military intervention
The Des Moines Register

Rachel Gerber

March 2011
Making “Never Again” a Reality
Keith Porter, Director of Policy and Outreach, The Stanley Foundation

March 2011
More Than War
Rachel Gerber, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

March 2011
World Needs Strategic Approach to Atrocity Prevention
Vlad Sambaiew, President, The Stanley Foundation

March 2011
Liberia on the Brink…of Peace
Sean Harder, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

February 2011
Giving Meaning to “Never Again”: How Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities Can Be Prevented

January 2011
Sudan, Ivory Coast underscore need to prevent large-scale killing
The Hill

Vlad Sambaiew

December 2010
Editors Visit Liberia as It Builds Peace

December 2010
Autonomy and Independence: The International Community's Role

November 2010
Finding Global Solutions for Global Problems Is Still Our Top Priority
Keith Porter, Director of Policy and Outreach, The Stanley Foundation

November 2010
Preventing the Next Mass Atrocity
Rachel Gerber, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

November 2010
Editors Explore Post-War Liberia

November 2010
World Affairs Quiz

November 2010
What It Means to Be a Globally Engaged Citizen

November 2010
Five Ways to Change the World

September 2010
Under Debate: The Responsibility to Protect

August 2010
Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities Must Be Strategically Addressed
Keith Porter, Director of Policy and Outreach, The Stanley Foundation

August 2010
What’s an Ounce of Prevention Worth?
Rachel Gerber, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

August 2010
An Experiment in Building Peace
Jina Moore

August 2010
Halting the Slide Toward Failure
Kira Kay and Jason Maloney, The Bureau for International Reporting

August 2010
Does Peacebuilding Work?

July 2010
Protecting the Uzbeks in Kyrgystan
Rachel Gerber

May 2010
Countries in Crisis: Halting the Slide Toward Failure

March 2010
R2P and the DRC

February 2010
Implementing the Responsibility to Protect

February 2010
Thwarting Future "Underwear" Bombers

January 2010
Challenges for US and Global Security in an Interdependent World

October 2009
The Challenges of State Fragility for US and Global Security in an Interdependent World

September 2009
World's Weakest Nations Pose Greatest Global Threats

September 2009
World’s Weakest Nations Pose Greatest Threats
Keith Porter, Director of Policy and Outreach, The Stanley Foundation

September 2009
Smarter Aid Can End Conflicts
Michael Kraig, Senior Fellow, The Stanley Foundation

September 2009
World Must Promote Sustainable Security
Pauline H. Baker, President of the Fund for Peace and Adjunct Professor in Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Foreign Service

September 2009
How They Stopped the Killing
Sean Harder, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

September 2009
Piracy, One Example of New Global Threats
Michael Kraig, Senior Fellow, The Stanley Foundation

April 2009
Weak Nations Pose Greatest Threat
Star Tribune

Michael Kraig

December 2008
Prevention of Mass Atrocities Requires Continued Attention

October 2008
The Responsibility to Protect and Foreign Policy in the Next Administration

September 2008
Taking Steps Toward a Responsibility to Protect
Michael Kraig, Director of Policy Analysis and Dialogue, The Stanley Foundation

September 2008
Time to Rebalance America’s Civilian, Military Capacities
David Shorr, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

May 2007
The TSF Bookshelf

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

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

Learn more.

Spanish Tranlations

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
10/31/17   2017 Positive Peace Conference: Research, Policy, and Practice
Past
10/16/17   Focal Points Meeting of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
09/07/17   UN-Civil Society Cooperation: Strengthening Accountability and Prevention under the Responsibility to Protect
HIGHLIGHTS
2017 International Women Authors Event 2017 International Women Authors Event
Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami, author of “The Moor’s Account,” will be the featured speaker at the 2017 International Women Authors event on November 9 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Courier Courier
As summer winds down, take a look at the new issue of Courier from the Stanley Foundation. The Summer 2017 issue delves into topics including the transition away from coal in Germany, the increased role of cities in global governance, and the crisis in Venezuela. Also in this issue, read about the increased capabilities of 3D printing, and oversight over emerging technologies. Summer 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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