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- Peacekeeping under Trump could be difficult with less resources As the UN General Assembly kicks off in New York City, all eyes are on Peacekeeping reform.
'Smart cuts to the U.N.’s budget could spur needed changes, but so far, the Trump administration’s focus has been primarily about reducing costs at any cost — a move that threatens to leave ...
- Just Security The U.S. Government is leading the way in creating new rules for #drones through a Drone Export Initiative.
Civil society groups raise specific concerns about the international standards being set.
Columbia Law School's Alex Moorehead and Sarah Knuckey explain
groups include Amnesty International | Center for Civilians in Conflict | ...
- Why Trump's New Afghanistan Plan Spells Danger for Civilians "Since the Trump administration took office, civilian deaths by US airstrikes are up 70% in Afghanistan, compared to the same time period in 2016. The figures from Iraq and Syria are similarly devastating."
Center for Civilians in Conflict MENA Program Assistant, Jordan Lesser-Roy, discusses 'Why Trump’s New Afghanistan Plan Spells ...
- American 'Caught in Fighting' Is Killed in South Sudan US embassy confirmed death of Christopher Allen, a journalist, in fighting between #SouthSudan gov't & opposition.
South Sudan's civil war is well into its fourth year
- How many civilian lives are acceptable as collateral damage in Iraq and Syria? The notion of what is an acceptable loss in a military operation differs to those losing loved ones in the brutal fight against ISIS. Trying to minimize casualties in Syria is all the more difficult because the situation in Syria is quite complicated, said Daniel Mahanty, senior advisor for Center ...
- Syria: ‘Deadly labyrinth’ traps civilians trying to flee Raqqa battle against Islamic State On 2 July, the coalition commander, US Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, told the New York Times: “We shoot every boat we find”. Coalition forces also dropped leaflets in March 2017, warning: “Daesh is using boats and ferries to transport weapons and fighters – do not use ferries and boats, ...
- Saving Ourselves: Security Transition and Impact on Civilian Protection in Afghanistan | Civilians in Conflict In November 2016, we documented civilians' perception of security actors and civilian harm in Afghanistan. The lessons of that report hold true with any strategy, including the latest US iteration: governments and armed forces should aim to mitigate civilian harm at all costs, if they want the country to achieve ...
- CIVIC Statement: President Trump’s Speech and the US Afghanistan Strategy | Civilians in Conflict Last night, the President referred to the conflict in Afghanistan as the “longest war in American history.” But it’s important to note that it has also been a long and costly war for the Afghan people. For sixteen years, civilians have paid a remarkable and tragic toll. They should not ...
- US Week in Review - Aug 22, 2017 | Civilians in Conflict OurUS program has been keeping up with US policy at home and abroad. Read Daniel Mahanty's update for August 7-20 here.
US Week in Review - Aug 22, 2017 Posted by Administrator on As part of our expanded online presence and making our work more accessible, Center for Civilians in ...
- Trump to present vision for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan war President Trump is expected to announce a broader US military strategy, increase in troops in #Afghanistan.
It will be President Donald Trump's turn on Monday to address a problem that vexed his two predecessors when he details his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, America's longest military conflict.
- Blackwater founder Erik Prince awaits president’s call to privatise war in Afghanistan CIVIC executive directo Federico Borello said: "Protecting civilians is in its (US’s) national interest, but it probably doesn’t satisfy a profit motive.”
President Trump is to be briefed directly on a plan to privatise the war in Afghanistan drawn up by the founder of Blackwater, the world’s most notorious private ...
- Timeline Photos Dan Mahanty on the urgent need for an internal assessment of why civilians are dying at an alarmingly increased rate in Operation Inherent Resolve. Then it needs to make some changes quickly. http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/08/why-are-more-civilians-dying-us-airstrikes-isis/140185/
- What next for civilian protection and the United States government? | Civilians in Conflict In the coming year, CIVIC’s US program will focus on seeking answers to a number of questions in an effort to understand—and help to shape—the future for civilians affected by US actions in war.
What next for civilian protection and the United States government? Posted by Administrator on By Daniel ...
- US Week in Review - Aug 7, 2017 | Civilians in Conflict Check out what CIVIC is tracking for this week and the last. (Photo by Maranie Rae Staab)
As part of our expanded online presence and making our work more accessible, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) will be posting occasional updates to our various programs. Our US program is helmed ...
- The Hidden Harm: Acquired Disability During Conflict The stark reality of the challenges and threats faced by persons with disabilities during armed conflict has been laid bare in Iraq, Syria, the Central African Republic, Yemen, and South Sudan.
Disability regularly intersects with other vulnerabilities in conflict like gender and age to place persons with disabilities at significantly ...
- Uncertainty Looms for Civilians in Mosul | Civilians in Conflict Saman Omar, our program officer in Iraq, discusses post-ISIS security concerns in Mosul.
"In CIVIC interviews, Mosul's displaced civilians recounted threats from ISIS militants who stated they “will still be around even if they lose the battle” and “will do their best to apply the rule of Islamic Sharia” in ...
- Lessons From Mosul: How to Reduce Civilian Harm in Urban Warfare “Death was all but guaranteed,” said Hanifa who described how she fled Zinjili district in West Mosul in June. “We could die either by ISIS sniper or IED or shelled or buried by bombs.”
Sahr Muhammadally, director of our MENA and South Asia program, is over at Just Security discussing ...