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Our Heritage, Our Future
Editor's Note

In the previous edition of Courier, we noted a significant transition at the Stanley Foundation. On November 4, Brian Hanson became our board chair, only the third person to hold that title over our 61-year history. Outgoing Chair Richard H. Stanley (known by all as Dick) had served in that role for 33 years and was named chair emeritus.

Then, on November 17, Dick Stanley died following a brief illness. Our sadness was compounded on December 14 when his wife, Mary Jo Stanley, also passed away. Mary Jo served the foundation for decades as a board member and volunteer. On December 20, Dick and Mary Jo would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

Last time in Courier, I mentioned that our strategic plan includes this core value: We value our heritage and future as a family foundation and nurture sustained family involvement. Dick and Mary Jo lived that value and worked tirelessly to foster family involvement in the foundation. Read more about their work on page 3.

Two pieces in this edition examine the intersection of war and technology. Elsa Kania of the Center for New American Security offers much-needed background on how artificial intelligence is already being integrated into military systems around the world and what it means for efforts to create a more peaceful and secure world. Later, Stanley Foundation staff member Danielle Jablanski interviews Countdown to Zero Day author Kim Zetter on the cyber vulnerabilities of the world’s most dangerous weapons.

Also in this edition, two alumni of Uncovering Security, a media-skills development program run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Stanley Foundation, and Gerda Henkel Stiftung, examine climate change, drought, and development through the lens of Cambodia’s Tonlé Sap Lake. Stanley Foundation staff member Francie Williamson explores sustainable agriculture in Clarinda, Iowa. Williamson also introduces us to young people from around the world participating in the Iowa Student Global Leadership Conference.

Finally, Alison Giffen, peacekeeping expert and longtime friend of the foundation, assesses the first year of UN Secretary-General António Guterres and his work to implement long overdue reforms at the United Nations. In her conclusion, I hear echoes of the work Dick and Mary Jo Stanley championed for decades: “Guterres should be applauded for taking on the systemic weaknesses of the world’s largest multilateral endeavor, but influential member states will need to take equal responsibility in ensuring its success.”


— Keith Porter, Editor
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The Winter 2018 issue of Courier focuses on innovators and innovative ideas for global challenges—the role of women and vulnerable countries in mitigating climate change; the potential of blockchain technology in nuclear safeguards; the part the Boy Scouts are playing to keep the peace in the Central African Republic; the possibility that private enterprise could contribute to a more resilient society in Iraq; and an appreciation of the late Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Winter 2018 PDF. Subscribe for Free.


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