Policy Dialogue

Critical thinking from Stanley Foundation conferences
cover image United Nations Reform: Improving Peace Operations by Advancing the Role of Women (128.8 KB) pdf
In November 2006, over 75 experts gathered in New York and Washington to discuss "United Nations Reform: Improving Peace Operations by Advancing the Role of Women."
cover image Nuclear Weapons, Energy, and Nonproliferation: Pressures on the Global Community (285.6 KB) pdf
41st United Nations of the Next Decade Conference Report
At a time when the global nuclear regime—dependent on the United Nations, its bodies, and international law—is under great stress, this report summarizes the discussions and recommendations of UN diplomats and nuclear policy experts.
cover image The US-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Issues for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (95.7 KB) pdf
Policy Dialogue Brief
Rising Powers
A proposed nuclear agreement between the US and India stretches the nonproliferation regime. Enactment hinges on both the US Congress and the international Nuclear Suppliers Group. This brief discusses the critical issues.
cover image Open Media and Transitioning Societies in the Arab Middle East: Implications for US Security Policy (138.9 KB) pdf
The growth of Middle East media raises questions about the impact of this new era on policy, both regionally and internationally. This report summarizes dialogues between regional and Western media and policy elites and offers recommendations.
cover image Ensuring a Well-Managed United Nations (102.2 KB) pdf
37th United Nations Issues Conference Report
The UN has been trying to maintain momentum for renewal since the 2005 summit. This report summarizes the deliberations of a group of UN diplomats on the challenges reform faces and how the UN can best move forward in implementing internal reform.
cover image A Grand Strategy to Reinvigorate US Leadership (67.9 KB) pdf
Policy Dialogue Brief
46th Strategy for Peace Conference Policy Dialogue Brief
September 11, the invasion of Iraq, and the subsequent war have raised critical questions about the security of the US and its role in the world. This brief reflects a discussion of alternatives to the 2002 US National Security Strategy.
cover image The United States, Iran, and Saudi Arabia: Necessary Steps Toward a New Gulf Security Order (122 KB) pdf
Policy Dialogue Brief
Rising Powers
46th Strategy for Peace Conference Policy Dialogue Brief
The Persian Gulf has become the focus of US foreign policy and its importance will not diminish in the near future. This brief discusses the constraints of a new Gulf security order given the current state of US-Iranian and US-Saudi relations.
cover image The Future of Persian Gulf Security: Alternatives for the 21st Century (112.3 KB) pdf
Policy Dialogue Brief
Events in the Persian Gulf region illustrate a need for constructive regional cooperation. This brief reflects in-depth discussion by experts focusing on a principled, multilateral strategy for engagement that would include all relevant parties.
cover image Challenges to Democracy in Southeast Asia: Rethinking US Policy (94.9 KB) pdf
Policy Dialogue Brief
46th Strategy for Peace Conference Policy Dialogue Brief
This brief, the summation of a Strategy for Peace roundtable, assesses the state of democratization and political change in Southeast Asia today and evaluates US policy toward the region.
cover image US Policy in Southeast Asia: Fortifying the Foundation (147 KB) pdf
Southeast Asia in the Twenty-First Century Report
The US has long-term interest in Southeast Asia, but the policy community is not engaging the region effectively. This report—concluding a two-year program on Southeast Asia—addresses policy discrepancies and suggests a more appropriate US path.
cover image Future Multilateral Economic Cooperation With the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (131.4 KB) pdf
Economic restructuring and development in the DPRK requires a collective effort by international institutions. This report addresses the challenges for economic reconstruction and suggests how the international community can best engage the DPRK.
cover image Toward "Larger Freedom" (1.6 MB) pdf
40th United Nations of the Next Decade Conference Report
The process of UN renewal continues. Participants met to discuss the progress being made in debates on the Human Rights Council, terrorism, development, management reform, disarmament and nonproliferation, and the responsibility to protect.
Islam in Southeast Asia: What Should US Policymakers Know? (72.4 KB) pdf
Southeast Asia in the Twenty-First Century Policy Bulletin
US policy needs to be based on a more nuanced understanding of Islam in Southeast Asia. This bulletin recommends ways that US policymakers can be more aware of the complexities of Muslim politics and society in the region when making decisions.
cover image New Glue or New Gloss? Southeast Asia Regionalism and US Policy (84.1 KB) pdf
Southeast Asia in the Twenty-First Century Policy Bulletin
ASEAN plays a key role in Southeast Asia, a role that has forced the US to reconsider its relationships in the region. This bulletin explores how US-ASEAN cooperation can benefit both sides and what it will take to strengthen the relationship.
cover image Building Consensus for "Our Shared Responsibility" (110.1 KB) pdf
UN experts and representatives assessed the progress of talks on proposed UN reforms. They considered how viable "clusters" of reform were and how to proceed most efficiently. This report summarizes the discussion and conclusions of the conference.
cover image The United States and the Muslim World: Critical Issues and Opportunities for Change (73.1 KB) pdf
US-Muslim World Policy Bulletin
Strengthening US-Muslim relations will require both short-term policy changes and a long-term US commitment to engaging diverse Muslim perspectives. This policy bulletin offers practical proposals for meeting those challenges.
cover image The US Media and the Muslim World (63.2 KB) pdf
US-Muslim World Policy Bulletin
This bulletin identifies misperceptions of the Islamic world among the media and suggests how US media coverage of the Muslim world can be improved, for example, by providing journalists with opportunities to learn more about Islam.
cover image Accepting "Our Shared Responsibility" (109.3 KB) pdf
36th United Nations Issues Conference Report
Rising Powers
Fifteen UN member state representatives met to assess recommendations to strengthen the UN made by recent high-level reports before putting forward their opinions on which strategies may build a greater sense of shared purpose among member states.
The United States and the United Nations Moving Forward (77 KB) pdf
45th Strategy for Peace Conference Report
The US and UN must strengthen their relationship. This bond is important for US national security and for dealing with worldwide threats and concerns. This relationship, and the need for change in the UN, is addressed in this report.
Capturing the 21st Century Security Agenda: Prospects for Collective Responses (1.2 MB) pdf
What steps might Kofi Annan's High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change recommend to update the international security system? The Stanley Foundation compiled some answers by bringing together experts, diplomats, and some panel members.
US Human Rights Policy in Southeast Asia: New Issues for a New Era (84.8 KB) pdf
Southeast Asia in the Twenty-First Century Policy Bulletin
Regaining moral ground is imperative to improving US human rights policy in Southeast Asia as well as to strengthening American policy in the region across the board.
Updating the United Nations to Confront 21st Century Threats: The Challenge to the High-Level Panel (279.3 KB) pdf
39th United Nations of the Next Decade Conference Report
A group of policy experts; UN ambassadors; and members of the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change examine ways the United Nations should be updated and how the 16-member panel can best help with the task.
Issues Before the UN's High-Level Panel—Development, Poverty, and Security (74 KB) pdf
A group of prominent scholars and policy practitioners focus on the links between poverty and security; the utility of development as a tool for conflict prevention; and the appropriate role of the United Nations in addressing those issues.
Issues Before the UN's High-Level Panel—Small Arms and Light Weapons (62.5 KB) pdf
Small arms and light weapons, which continue to pose a grave threat to human security in the world, remain a cross-cutting problem that highlights the blind spots of the international system. How can the United Nations develop solutions?
Issues Before the UN's High-Level Panel—Intervention in Humanitarian Crisis (71.2 KB) pdf
How could the world community respond more decisively if another bloodletting, such as the Rwandan genocide, were to break out? Includes recommendations for how the high-level panel can offer critical leadership.
Issues Before the UN's High-Level Panel—The Use of Force (65.4 KB) pdf
How should the principles of the UN Charter be applied to today's threats? The panel has a unique opportunity to enhance the international community's understanding of the complex issues surrounding the use of force in a post-9/11 world.
US Security Relations With Southeast Asia: A Dual Challenge (84.5 KB) pdf
Southeast Asia in the Twenty-First Century Policy Bulletin
Reexamination of US security policy in Southeast Asia is part of a broader need for a fresh look at US relations in the region—a focus that is wider than counterterrorism.
The Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Security Threats—Maximizing Prospects for Success (87.8 KB) pdf
35th United Nations Issues Conference Report
A group of policy experts examine the challenges facing the 16-member panel appointed to determine whether the world's rules-based multilateral forum and its dominant superpower can work harmoniously to guarantee international peace and security.