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.

US Week in Review – December 17

YEMEN After a week of negotiations in Sweden, representatives from the Yemeni delegation and Houthi rebels have agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeida and are expected to withdraw their troops from the port “within days, and then from the city.” The two sides also agreed to a prisoner exchange and to allow a humanitarian corridor…

How the “Arms Sales Oversight Act” Could Prevent American Arms from Contributing to the Next Overseas Crisis

By: Daniel R. Mahanty and Eric Eikenberry The debate over U.S. complicity in Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe is coming to a head in the Senate, with a series of votes on the Sanders-Lee-Murphy war powers resolution. But beyond this immediate measure, other members of Congress are planning to increase their long-term leverage over weapons sales to problematic…

US Week in Review – November 27

CONGRESS Democrats Call for an End to US Support for Saudi Arabia  In a statement on Tuesday, President Trump said that the US would maintain a “steadfast” alliance with Saudi Arabia and that “we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder” of Jamal Khashoggi, despite an assessment by the CIA concluding that Saudi…

The Pentagon Put Someone in Charge of Its Civilian Casualty Policy. Now What?

By: Daniel R. Mahanty and Rita Siemion For all the time and attention that the Defense Department has rightly spent addressing civilian casualties, no single official at the Pentagon has ever been formally charged with overseeing the many challenges involved with proactively preventing civilian casualties and assessing and responding to reports of harm. And while many…

US Week in Review – November 13

The UN estimates that 445,000 people have fled Hodeida governorate since June. The UNHCR said the number of people remaining in Hodeida is difficult to assess but expressed concern that people who need to flee aren’t able to because intensified military operations are “increasingly confining populations and cutting off exit routes.” UN peace talks scheduled…

US Week in Review – November 05

YEMEN The Trump administration is stepping up pressure to end the war in Yemen amid growing opposition to US support for Saudi Arabia in Congress, with both Secretaries Pompeo and Mattis issuing calls last week for a rapid ceasefire and UN-led peace talks in coming weeks. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that…

US Week in Review – October 23

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) shares regular updates about the work of our global programs. Our US program, helmed by US Program Director, Daniel R. Mahanty, works with US institutions to protect civilians trapped in conflict around the world. This weekly overview of the US Program is authored by CIVIC consultant, Lyndsey Martin. US…

US Week in Review – October 15

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) shares regular updates about the work of our global programs. Our US program, helmed by US Program Director, Daniel R. Mahanty, works with US institutions to protect civilians trapped in conflict around the world. This weekly overview of the US Program is authored by CIVIC consultant, Lyndsey Martin. US…

US Week in Review – October 09

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) shares regular updates about the work of our global programs. Our US program, helmed by US Program Director, Daniel R. Mahanty, works with US institutions to protect civilians trapped in conflict around the world. This weekly overview of the US Program is authored by CIVIC consultant, Lyndsey Martin. US…