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Participants at Strategy for Peace Conference Consider Key Policy Challenges

Participants engaged in four concurrent roundtables—confronting key policy challenges on climate change, mass violence and atrocities, nuclear weapons, and global governance—at the 59th annual Strategy for Peace Conference, from October 17 to 19, at Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia. They also were treated to PechaKucha-style presentations from three journalists who have participated in Stanley Foundation media programming: Jeremy Hsu, Michelle Soto, and Will Baxter. Photo: The 59th annual Strategy for Peace Conference took place at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia. (Photo by Amy Bakke)

Event Focuses on Accelerated Energy Transition in Southeast Asia 

Discussions at a workshop October 4–5 in Bali, Indonesia, revealed a need in Southeast Asia to align high-level political support for the Paris Agreement, national climate and energy goals, and actions by energy utilities. Going forward, regional institutions and international partners can develop opportunities to catalyze renewable energy projects, align energy policy and financial flows and regulation, and accelerate regional and national renewable energy targets. A policy dialogue brief from this event is forthcoming. Photo: REUTERS/ Edgar Su via

Workshop Examines the Role of the Private Sector in Atrocity Prevention

On October 2, a workshop in Bogota, Colombia, focused on the constructive role that the private sector (including national, multinational, and transnational industries) can play in fostering resilience to the threat of violence and atrocities in socities. Drawing on examples from Latin America and Africa, this exercise in South-South comparison aimed to draw lessons learned and identify a set of best practices to promote an open discussion among the private sector, government, and civil society on how to better collaborate for effective prevention. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins


Do Distributed Ledger Technologies Have Potential in the Nuclear Realm?

Distributed ledger technologies (DLT), of which blockchain is one example, are showing promise in use cases like streamlining documentation with international shipping or tracing diamond origin. If industry can show gains in efficiency, effectiveness, and security from DLT applications, the International Atomic Energy Agency could benefit from considering the technology as it embraces innovation to meet the growing obligations of its safeguards mission. Dr. Cindy Vestergaard of the Stimson Center explores this idea in a new paper from the Stanley Foundation. Read the Brief.

KELLY SMITS is a program assistant for media at the Stanley Foundation, where she assists with the development and implementation of media programming in support of the foundation’s mission and strategic policy goals. She graduated from American University in 2018 with a B.A. in international studies and a minor in French. While studying in Washington, DC, she completed internships at ReThink Media as a peace and security intern and the Arms Control Association as a communications, media, and marketing intern. She also lived in Paris for a year as a student at Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Learn about Kelly.

Additional Activities

Summit Highlights Nonstate, Subnational Climate Action
Thousands of people converged on San Francisco from September 12 to 14 for the Global Climate Action Summit to highlight the climate actions that nonstate and subnational actors are taking to achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement. Stanley Foundation staff participated in a number of side events, including the launch of Alliances for Climate Action. Along with Earthjournalism, a project of Internews, the foundation organized the Climate Change Media Partnership fellowship for 20 international journalists to cover the summit. These journalists will also cover the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, in December.

How Can We Expand Sustainable Consumption in Global Climate Policy?
The Stanley Foundation and the Hoffman Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy at Chatham House in London recently gathered a number of key stakeholders and experts to consider ways to expand the role of sustainable consumption in global climate policy. This policy dialogue brief summarizes the primary findings of that conversation, including six strategic priorities for informing, nudging, and regulating demand-side measures. 

Civil Society Network Produces Policy Guidance on the Crisis in Venezuela
At the third workshop in a series on the Venezuelan crisis, participants of the civil society network on atrocity prevention in Latin America met at a regional workshop in Panama City, Panama, September 27–28. They further analyzed the key characteristics of the crisis, identifying the latest developments in Venezuelan migration to the Caribbean, the role of regional and international actors in this crisis, and opportunities for joint regional civil society cooperation. From this, they developed a set of recommendations and policy-oriented guidance for decision makers in the region and globally to address how national governments, multilateral agencies, and civil society organizations in the region can work in partnership. A policy memo and policy briefs from this event are available in Spanish, with English translations forthcoming. Available in Spanish.

Conference Looks at How to Improve Efforts in Atrocity Prevention
A conference October 29–31 at Wilton Park, outside of London, sought to identify steps that can be taken to improve coordinated efforts in atrocity prevention by government and civil society actors. Participants explored best practices and discussed where obstacles exist in adopting atrocity prevention strategies.

How Does the Information Ecosystem Affect the Risk of Nuclear Conflict?
In what ways could impulsive, misinformed, or manipulated decision making affect crisis stability and conflict escalation? A September 7 workshop on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California, sought to advance new research on the matter. Participants looked to develop the theoretical foundation, explore causal mechanisms, and consider case studies of the effects of social media on conflict and nuclear crisis escalation. The workshop featured 30 experts in nuclear policy, crisis escalation dynamics, political psychology, and mis/disinformation.

Brief Explores Additive Manufacturing and Nuclear Nonproliferation
The Stanley Foundation recently hosted a workshop in Berlin that brought together European and US experts—including technical experts, researchers, industry stakeholders, and government officials dealing with export controls and nonproliferation regimes—to assess the risks and opportunities posed by additive manufacturing (AM) technology and to consider governance approaches. The resulting policy dialogue brief describes the state of play with advancements in AM technology, examines how AM might affect nuclear proliferation pathways and strategies, and explores how export control regimes and other stakeholders can respond to the rapid pace of AM development and promote governance measures that mitigate the risks of AM for nuclear proliferation.

Middle Schoolers Explore Freedom From Discrimination at International Day
Middle school students from southeast Iowa attended the Stanley Foundation's annual International Day Conference at the University of Iowa on October 30. The conference, held each fall since 1997, is designed to educate students on topics related to human rights issues. This year, the right to live free from discrimination was highlighted during breakout sessions. Teen dancers from the Pointe Academy of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in Des Moines, Iowa, also performed Sadako, which tells the story of Sadako Sasaki, a girl in Hiroshima, Japan, who contracted leukemia at age 11 after being exposed to fallout from the atomic bomb dropped there during World War II.

Valeria Luiselli Discusses Writing, Life Abroad at Women Authors Event
Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli, who has lived all over the world and now calls New York City her home, talked about growing up in South Korea and her relationship with her translator, among other subjects, during this year’s International Women Authors event October 23 at the Radisson in Davenport, Iowa. Luiselli took part in a lengthy question-and-answer session with the audience of about 200 people and signed copies of her books, Sidewalks, Faces in the Crowd, Tell Me How it Ends, and The Story of My Teeth.

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