Emerging From Conflict (EFC) Program

The EFC program has two goals:

1. To normalize the bilateral relations between the United States and a set of countries considered important to US national, regional, and/or global interests. The countries targeted for this project are Cuba, Iran, Iraq, and North Korea.

2. To improve bilateral relations between the United States and a set of countries considered key to US national, regional, and/or global interests. The countries targeted for this project are China, Russia, and Vietnam.

The EFC program attempts to improve dialogue and discussion between key actors in the international relations and foreign and security policy communities of the United States and the target countries. These key actors include the following constituencies:

  • Mid-level government officials in the United States and in the target countries who are focused on international issues and foreign and security policy.
  • Policy analysts in the broader international relations communities of the United States and the target countries, including analysts from academic and nongovernment institutions.
  • Media professionals in the United States and the target countries who are focused on international issues.
  • Professional staff in US foundations focused on international issues.
  • Professional staff in US national-level cultural and educational associations focused on international issues.
  • Professional staff of international organizations.
The EFC program is an initiative of the Stanley Foundation's US foreign policy strategic area. The Stanley Foundation is uniquely qualified—because of its long-term programmatic focus; financial, geographical, and political independence; and commitment to the importance of equal and respectful dialogue—to facilitate substantive and meaningful communication between US and target countries' policy communities that may contribute to peaceful solutions of bilateral problems.

The Stanley Foundation has a long history of fostering dialogue between the United States and its adversaries. This program is consistent with that tradition.