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UNSCR 1540

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 mandates that all countries take the necessary steps to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by nonstate actors. While implementation of the resolution is slow and uneven, its growing acceptance as a legitimate international security instrument opens the doors for innovative ways to meet the needs of both the Global North and Global South.


Current Work

1540 in Practice
The Stanley Foundation has engaged policymakers, diplomats, and civil society on the importance of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by nonstate actors. Policy dialogues and regional workshops have examined the challenges and opportunities of the resolution's implementation as well as its unique ability to meet regional security and capacity needs. Contact Anya Loukianova for more information.


Latest Publication

UNSCR 1540: Fostering Regional Momentum
Policy Memo
February 2013

This policy memo is based on a series of discussions by a group of UN and government officials, as well as representatives of regional, subregional, and nongovernmental organizations at the Stanley Foundation’s 44th annual UN Issues Conference. Discussion focused on how best to foster regional momentum, facilitate buy-in from countries across the Global South, and overcome challenges facing donors and recipient partners, with an eye to seeking additional... Read More

Op-Eds and Articles

March 2012
Beyond Boundaries: WMD Nonproliferation in Africa

January 2012
Drugs, Thugs, and WMD: Shift in Trafficking Routes Threatens Global Security

February 2011
UNSCR 1540: A Critical Tool for a Safe, Secure World

June 2010
Curbing Proliferation Through Development
Brian Finlay, senior associate of the Henry L. Stimson Center and director of the Managing Across Boundaries Program

November 2009
Cooperating to Prevent Catastrophe
Brian Finlay, Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center and Director of the Managing Across Boundaries Program

October 2009
Nuclear Network Theory
ForeignPolicy.com

Michael Kraig

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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. 

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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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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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