Dan is Senior Advisor for CIVIC's US Program, where he engages US policymakers to promote the adoption of policies and practices that enhance the protection of civilians in conflict. Prior to CIVIC, Dan spent 16 years at the U.S. Department of State and in 2012, he created and led the Office of Security and Human Rights in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

Are those who seek to protect civilians in armed conflict helping to prolong our endless wars?

August 20, 2020 By Dan Mahanty So who is responsible for the duration of America’s forever wars? In his recent brief for the Quincy Institute, non-resident fellow Samuel Moyn directs the spotlight in a counterintuitive, and discomfiting, direction — toward the members of civil society that advocate for limiting civilian suffering in war. By focusing…

US Week in Review – May 6

SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND ARMS SALES A US-based training program for Afghan attack pilots has ended after more than 40 percent of the trainees went absent without leave, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said this week. The remaining students returned to Afghanistan to complete training. Only one class graduated from the program. The State…

Protecting Civilians Still Matters in Great-Power Conflict

It’s easy to see why counterinsurgency campaigns tread carefully around local bystanders. It’s no less important in larger-scale war. As the U.S. military shifts its focus from counterinsurgency to large-scale combat against near-peer competitors, the value of preventing civilian harm in the battle for “hearts and minds” has been largely displaced by an emphasis on the speed and decisiveness…

The Pentagon’s 2018 Civilian Casualties Report: What’s In It and What’s Next

By: Dan Mahanty and Rita Siemion The Pentagon’s latest annual report on civilian casualties, released this morning, lists shockingly low numbers of reported casualties that the Department of Defense has assessed as “credible,” reflecting a need for better processes for determining how many civilians the United States is killing. While the report contains some improvements in reporting standards…

US Week in Review – April 15

At least 13 civilians, mostly children, were killed and more than 100 injured when Saud-led coalition strikes hit a school in Sana last week. The Coalition denied carrying out any strikes, but the state-run news agency in Aden said the Houthis had stored weapons in a nearby warehouse. SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND ARMS SALES The State…

US Week in Review – April 8

AFGHANISTAN  The New York Times documented 10 civilian deaths in Afghanistan between March 28 and April 4. A report by The Economist describes the disputed civilian death toll from US operations in Somalia, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. The uncertainty may stem from America’s reliance on local forces on the ground, which limits the military…