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Keith Porter, Courier Editor
Keith Porter, Courier Editor

Core Values


All people have inherent dignity, value, and ability to contribute to building a sustainable future.

All people deserve a world at peace where the causes of conflict are addressed and disputes are resolved without recourse to violence.

Both of these core values expressed in the Stanley Foundation’s strategic plan are on display in this edition of Courier.

Our longtime friend Mel Duncan, cofounder of Nonviolent Peaceforce, explains how unarmed volunteers are saving lives in dangerous places around the world. The article powerfully exhibits Mel’s belief in the inherent dignity of all people and the very real possibilities of creating peace.

Of course, one critical threat to a sustainable future for all of us is the persistent danger of nuclear war. Journalist Jeremy Hsu writes that new technology has an important role to play in stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Juan Francisco Salazar, an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker who teaches at Western Sydney University, brings us news from the front lines of a fragile peace in Colombia, where a sustainable future might just be possible in a country long wracked by war. Peace in Colombia is dependent on healing not just the people but also the land on which they depend.

Finally, climate justice advocate Selina Neirok Leem, who refers to herself as the “small island girl with big dreams,” calls our attention to the recent death of two environmental leaders in the Marshall Islands, Tony de Brum and my friend Mattlan Zackhras. Both men were shining examples of the ability inherent in us all to make the world a better place.

Another Stanley Foundation core value reads:

We value our heritage and future as a family foundation and nurture sustained family involvement.

On the back cover you will see a clear example of how the foundation is still living this value after 61 years of existence. One of our founding board members, Richard H. Stanley, is stepping down from his role as board chair, a post he’s held since 1984. Among Dick’s many achievements and contributions to the foundation over these decades has been his concerted effort to nurture sustained family involvement in the organization’s work. Dick, son of founders Max and Betty Stanley, will be succeeded by their great-nephew, Brian Hanson. And the beat goes on.


— Keith Porter, Editor
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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.


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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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We had a great group of campers attend the Investigation U. program this summer. Click here for photos. For participants only, username: IU2018.

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