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At the Airlie Center outside Washington, DC, each year the Stanley Foundation convenes its Strategy for Peace Conference on policy challenges in key global issue areas with experts from the public and private sectors who meet in concurrent, autonomous roundtables. Each respective roundtable is intended to generate group consensus recommendations on the aspect of policy that is its focus.

Keynote Speaker

Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance: The Road to 2020 by Professor Ibrahim Gambari
At this 57th Strategy for Peace Conference, Professor Ibrahim Gambari will give the keynote address. Ambassador Gambari is the Founder & Chairman of the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy, & Development; former Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs; and former UN Under-Secretary-General.

2016 Concurrent Roundtables

  • The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Could It Inform Future Nonproliferation and Disarmament?

The Iran nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), contains innovative provisions that if successfully implemented could be adapted to strengthen nuclear nonproliferation or support disarmament. As global nuclear politics and policies evolve over the next decade, such measures could facilitate cooperation in nuclear energy while building confidence that nuclear programs remain exclusively peaceful. This roundtable will consider how provisions of the JCPOA could be adapted, the organizational and political challenges to their broader application, and their potential utility for a future disarmament regime. 

Chair: George Perkovich, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Roundtable Organizer: Ben Loehrke, Program Officer

Agenda
Participant List
Policy Memo: The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Could It Inform Future Nonproliferation and Disarmament?
Policy Dialogue Brief: The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Could It Inform Future Nonproliferation and Disarmament?

  • Multistakeholder Global Governance Agenda: What are the Opportunities?

In the last two decades, multistakeholder approaches have made significant impact on global governance challenges. Yet the proliferation of multistakeholder coalitions and initiatives has been paralleled by the growth in global public skepticism about the efficacy and legitimacy of cross-border governance of any kind. Are multistakeholder initiatives converging around certain venues and challenges—and are they part of the solution to the global crisis of institutional legitimacy? What can multistakeholder approaches learn from each other? What opportunities are there for multistakeholder approaches to work together? 

This roundtable will explore the emerging linkages in cooperative multistakeholder action among, for example, human rights, corruption, internet freedom, and corporate social responsibility in extractive and agriculture sectors, and climate change. To what degree are these issues interdependent? Does global inability to make progress on them have any connection to the crises many national and supranational institutions are experiencing? Are multistakeholder approaches a solution, fuel to the fire, or both? What can global governance institutions do to support multistakeholder approaches? 

Chair: Heather Hurlburt, Director, New Models of Policy Change, New America
Roundtable Organizer: Rei Tang, Associate Program Officer

Agenda
Participant List
Policy Memo: A Multistakeholder Governance Agenda: What Are the Opportunities?
Policy Dialogue Brief: A Multistakeholder Governance Agenda: What Are the Opportunities?

  • Setting Climate Action Objectives for Pursuing the 1.5 C Target

This roundtable will explore how climate action in pursuit of the 1.5 C target could impact geographies and sectors in practice. Participants will generate concrete ideas, in terms of policies and actions, and consider the geographical feasibility of their applications. In particular, participants will address several pressing questions:

  • What goals can the international climate change community set right now to remain compatible with the 1.5 C target?
  • What are critical policy choices that need to be made in the next several years to ensure the viability of 1.5 C pathways? What are the opportunities?
  • How can we make sure the 1.5 C target is relevant to mainstream economic and social conversations? What does the 1.5 C target mean for the next two years, particularly what messages should the international climate change community convey before the 2018 IPCC report?

Chair: Andrew Higham, CEO, Mission 2020
Roundtable Organizer: Rei Tang, Associate Program Officer

Agenda
Participant List
Conference Report: Setting Climate Action Objectives for Pursuing the 1.5° C Target

  • The Power of the Private Sector in Preventing Atrocities and Promoting the Responsibility to Protect

While R2P is a landmark norm, it focuses on state actors, neglecting the important role that nonstate actors can play in preventing atrocity crimes.  Businesses, in particular, are well placed to contribute to the on-the-ground implementation of R2P, even though their role in atrocity prevention remains relatively unexplored. This roundtable will explore the role of the private sector as an untapped source of atrocity prevention. From this conversation, we hope to generate the following: 

  • A description of the potential role of the private sector in atrocity prevention and cessation that is based on current evidence, including analysis of the unique points of leverage available to businesses to promote R2P.
  • A list of outstanding issues or questions that will need to be addressed by researchers and/or advocates to help promote the role of business in atrocity prevention.
  • An understanding, based on case studies, of where businesses have contributed to preventing atrocities in the past and how these experiences can be replicated in other contexts.
  • An agenda for action to promote private sector engagement in preventing atrocities, with specific suggestions for how to engage with multilateral institutions, governments, civil society, and businesses.

Chair: Conor Seyle, Director of Research, One Earth Future
Roundtable Organizer: Carrie DuLaney, Program Officer

Agenda
Participant List
Policy Memo: The Power of the Private Sector in Preventing Atrocities and Promoting the Responsibility to Protect
Policy Dialogue Brief: The Power of the Private Sector in Preventing Atrocities and Promoting the Responsibility to Protect

HIGHLIGHTS
2017 International Women Authors Event 2017 International Women Authors Event
Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami, author of “The Moor’s Account,” will be the featured speaker at the 2017 International Women Authors event on November 9 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Courier Courier
As summer winds down, take a look at the new issue of Courier from the Stanley Foundation. The Summer 2017 issue delves into topics including the transition away from coal in Germany, the increased role of cities in global governance, and the crisis in Venezuela. Also in this issue, read about the increased capabilities of 3D printing, and oversight over emerging technologies. Summer 2017 PDF (1,151K) Subscribe for FREE.

Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences
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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