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US and Global Security
This initiative explored in depth the global security role that the United States could and should play in the 21st century. Events and trends that used to seem too remote to be America's concern now ripple across the entire globe. In an increasingly interconnected global system, the foundation examined the role of international norms and cooperation in US national security. In particular, it explored how the United States should work with other nations to strengthen the multilateral rules-based order rather than stand apart from it.

Current Work
The Stanley Foundation's focus on the American role in global security continues in each of our three current areas of focus: evolving global systems, human protection, and nuclear security. All recent products from the foundation's US and Global Security work are archived on this page.

Latest Publication

America and International Cooperation: What Role for a League of Democracies?
Stephen J. Stedman
Policy Analysis Brief
November 2008

Key candidates and foreign policy advisers from both US political parties have been steadily calling for a new league or concert of democracies to offset the perceived ineffectiveness of the United Nations Security Council and other institutions. The common assumption underlying this increasingly bipartisan policy prescription is that it is authoritarian regimes in particular, acting in and through the United Nations, that have repeatedly thwarted... Read More

Publications

November 2008
America and International Cooperation: What Role for a League of Democracies?
Stephen J. Stedman
Policy Analysis Brief (99K)

September 2008
Improving US National Security: Options for Strengthening US Foreign Operations
Other Publication (144K)

August 2008
Getting Through the Next Six to Twelve Months With Tehran
Policy Memo (253K)

August 2008
Great Expectations
Policy Dialogue Brief (97K)

July 2008
The Challenges of Strengthening the US Government’s Civilian International Affairs Agencies
Policy Dialogue Brief (81K)

June 2008
Scary Things That Don’t Exist: Separating Myth From Reality in Future WMD
Sharon Weinberger
Policy Analysis Brief (96K)

April 2008
Talking About the Connection Between U.S. and Global Security
Other Publication (438K)

April 2008
Implementation: A New Approach to Multinational Coordination in Afghanistan
Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann
Policy Analysis Brief (105K)

January 2008
Oil and Security
Clifford Singer
Policy Analysis Brief (107K)

January 2008
Revitalizing International Cooperation: A Bipartisan Agenda
Policy Dialogue Brief (71K)

September 2007
Restructuring America's Ground Forces: Better, Not Bigger
Frank G. Hoffman and Steven Metz
Policy Analysis Brief (115K)

August 2007
The Fragility of World Order
Policy Dialogue Brief (84K)

May 2007
Keeping Tabs on China’s Rise
Other Publication (124K)

March 2007
How to Keep From Overselling or Underestimating the United Nations
Other Publication (90K)

February 2007
Should the US Be a Status Quo Power or a Revolutionary Power?
Policy Dialogue Brief (71K)

February 2007
The Politics of National Security Budgets
Gordon Adams
Policy Analysis Brief (126K)

December 2006
Coercive Diplomacy: Scope and Limits in the Contemporary World
Bruce W. Jentleson
Policy Analysis Brief (223K)

September 2006
Failing States and US Strategy
Anatol Lieven
Policy Analysis Brief (143K)

July 2006
America's Uncomfortable Relationship With Nationalism
Graham E. Fuller
Policy Analysis Brief (128K)

June 2006
A Critique of the Bush Administration's National Security Strategy
Lawrence Korb and Caroline Wadhams
Policy Analysis Brief (108K)

February 2006
Beyond Preemption and Preventive War: Increasing US Budget Emphasis on Conflict Prevention
Dr. Cindy Williams
Policy Analysis Brief (159K)

October 2005
A Grand Strategy to Reinvigorate US Leadership
Policy Dialogue Brief (68K)

Articles

April 2009
Nuclear Nonproliferation and the Changing Global Order

December 2008
Calls for a Renewed US Global Engagement Strategy

December 2008
Gather Stakeholders, Not a League of Democracies
Michael Kraig, Director of Policy and Analysis, The Stanley Foundation

December 2008
Envisioning a Bright Global Future
David Shorr, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

October 2008
Global/Regional Systems and the Changing Global Order

September 2008
US Must Get Smart on Engaging Syria

September 2008
Conflict and Context: Reporting From the Caucasus

September 2008
South Korea and the Changing Global Order

September 2008
New Now Showing Toolkit Available

August 2008
Iowa Floods Underscore Local, Global Connections

August 2008
US Nuclear Policy Review

July 2008
What an Engagement Strategy Entails

May 2008
US, Indian Journalists Explore India's Rise in the World

May 2008
Food and Failing States

March 2008
US Must Reengage the Arab World

March 2008
A Silent Consensus
David Shorr

March 2008
US Public Diplomacy—What You Can Do

March 2008
The Drive for Space Weaponization

March 2008
Beyond Fear

February 2008
Ask the Expert: Media Coverage of Terrorism

January 2008
Creating a Foreign Policy Donkephant (or Elephonkey)

January 2008
Does 'war' make us secure?
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

David Shorr

December 2007
Promoting Democracy

December 2007
US Editors in Korea
Sean Harder, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

November 2007
Uncle Sam needs more diplomats
The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

David Shorr

October 2007
US push for prompt global military strikes pose strategic consequences

October 2007
Post-Iraq US democracy promotion efforts require new multilateral strategy

October 2007
The Hardheaded Case for Human Security

October 2007
The Case for Building a Better, Not Bigger Military

September 2007
Making Counterterrorism a Global Effort
Michael Kraig

September 2007
Principled Multilateralism: Democratization in Security Strategy

August 2007
Principled Multilateralism: When Does It Work?

August 2007
Beyond Fear: Securing a More Peaceful World

June 2007
Building Not Fighting
Kristin McHugh

May 2007
After the Unipolar Moment

May 2007
Djibouti: Building, Not Fighting

May 2007
More Information, Less Fear

May 2007
Aceh: Preserving the Peace, Post-Disaster

May 2007
India/Ukraine: America’s Mixed Message on Nuclear Materials

May 2007
Interview With Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA)

May 2007
Interview With Colin Powell, Former US Secretary of State

May 2007
Interview with John Prendergast, International Crisis Group

May 2007
Interview With Ken Bacon, Refugees International

May 2007
Interview With Paul Berg, US State Department

May 2007
Interview With Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

May 2007
Beyond Fear: America's Role in an Uncertain World

May 2007
IOWA VIEW: Sort out which terror groups pose biggest threats
The Des Moines Register

Michael Kraig

April 2007
A Workshop From the 2007 RTNDA/NAB Convention

April 2007
Charting a New Course
Jeff Martin

April 2007
Conference on National and Global Security

April 2007
Public Favors Both Diplomacy, Threat of Force
This commentary by Stanley Foundation program officer David Shorr recently appeared in The Des Moines Register.

April 2007
Conservatives and Progressives Work Toward Common Ground
Keith Porter

March 2007
Four ways to fight terror today
Star Tribune

Michael Schiffer

December 2006
Public favors both diplomacy, threat of force
The Des Moines Register

by David Shorr

September 2005
The UN—Teetering on the Brink?
The Globalist

by David Shorr

May 2005
How the World Suffers
Kristin McHugh

May 2005
The Race to Secure Nuclear Material
Simon Marks

May 2005
Managing The HIV/AIDS Pandemic
Roxana Saberi

May 2005
Arms Trafficking Fuels Chaos
Reese Erlich

May 2005
Making the Case That the UN Still Matters

May 2005
Borders Are Illusory
Essay by David Brancaccio

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59th Strategy for Peace Conference 59th 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.

At the conference concurrent roundtables are focused on each of the foundation’s three current areas of programming—climate changenuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities. This year a fourth roundtable will focus on global governance. Roundtable discussion is intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.


Courier Courier
The Summer 2018 edition of Courier considers the future of multilateralism. Is it a tool for applying a nation’s collective intellect to the world’s greatest challenges? Or is it an affront to state sovereignty and an indication of political ineptitude?

Also in this issue, we explore the UN approach to sustaining peace and the Security Council’s role in climate policy; how Cape Town, South Africa is modeling climate action at the local level; and the importance of educating youth on the potential of global citizenship. Summer 2018 PDF. Subscribe for Free.


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