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President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump meet in the Oval Office at the White House to begin what both pledge will be an orderly transition of leadership. The meeting was held November 10, 2016, just two days after the general election and marked the official beginning of the transition.
President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump meet in the Oval Office at the White House to begin what both pledge will be an orderly transition of leadership. The meeting was held November 10, 2016, just two days after the general election and marked the official beginning of the transition.
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Moving Forward Together

It was only a presidential election, but the vitriol of its campaign rhetoric and the extreme and sensational nature of its content exhausted me and, I suspect, many Americans. While the election results were a shock to most, our next steps in American democracy are familiar. The people have spoken, and we move forward in transition to a new president and new US leadership, as we have done 45 times in our history. This distinctly American rite of governmental passage once again offers us the opportunity to move forward in the best interests of our nation. 

This issue of Courier is dedicated to helping refocus our collective thoughts and energy on the immediate tasks our new president should undertake to improve our peace and security in nuclear policy, genocide prevention, and climate change. Here we present insights from three global policy experts on what President-elect Donald Trump and his administration should take to heart and take action on to advance positive US leadership in those issue areas. 

The presidential campaign was traumatic, illustrating a divided America on many issues. The election results did not create the division, they merely reflected it. The election did not solve any problems, but it clears the stage for the new leader to step up and address them. Hopefully, those same election results will enlighten the way to healing the divide.

Now it is time to move on and, hopefully, move forward. Most of all, now is the time for straight talk and real action.

Mr. President-elect, we offer you a special issue of Courier—a briefing and insight for leading us forward on three key global threats to our peace and security. Take us to heart as we join you in that quest.

— Joseph McNamara, Editor
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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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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.

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