Beninese soldiers during a joint combined exercise training in Ouassa, Benin.

Prioritizing the Protection of Civilians in EU and US Security Cooperation with Benin and Côte d’Ivoire (EN / FR)

  The European Union (EU) and the United States (US) have recently announced funding for the provision of equipment and the reinforcement of existing security partnerships with Benin and Côte d’Ivoire to support them to “defend against violent extremism” and “the fight against terrorism.” The desired outcomes of these partnerships cannot be realized without including…

Ensuring Civilian Safety: The Vital Importance of Protection and Preparedness

In February 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Mariia Levchenko was working for an international organization in Kyiv. Like millions of others, she suddenly found herself in the midst of turmoil, facing the harsh reality of inadequate protection of civilians from Russian attacks and subsequent disordered evacuations. Mariia’s firsthand experience serves as…