Amid Civilian Harm Revelations, Defense Bill Takes Measured Steps on Oversight and Accountability

By John Ramming Chappell and Ari Tolany Recent months have seen a flood of revelations concerning civilian harm resulting from U.S. military operations. The last U.S. airstrike of the war in Afghanistan, which killed ten civilians including an aid worker and seven children, was soon followed by news of U.S. operations in Syria targeting and endangering civilians. Reporting from The…

Ugandan and Congolese Troops Are Conducting Joint Operations: What Could that Mean for MONUSCO?

By Daniel Levine-Spound  On November 30, 2021, the Congolese army (FARDC) and the Ugandan military (UPDF) launched joint operations in the Beni territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group that originated in Uganda but has operated in eastern Congo since the mid-nineties and is responsible for…

Transatlantic Dialogue Highlights Importance of Legislative Oversight over the Protection of Civilians

By Katherine Kramer and Annie Shiel Earlier today, the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Drones and Modern Conflict hosted a UK-US legislators’ dialogue on the protection of civilians in armed conflict and sharing best practices across the Atlantic. The event was hosted by Stewart McDonald MP and featured a conversation with US Congressman Jim…

EVENT: Launch of Report on COVID-19 and the Protection of Civilians in Conflict-Affected States

On November 26, CIVIC brought together experts from the field and from the wider humanitarian sector to discuss recommendations and main takeaways from our latest report, “Fighting for Our Lives: COVID-19 and the Protection of Civilians in Conflict-Affected States”. Emily Knowles, author of the report, was joined by Mujidang Sitdang (CIVIC’s Nigeria Program), Joseph Stefanelli…

Participants at Pan-African Workshop Demonstrate Commitment to Civilian Protection Through the “Niamey Communique”

On September 28-29, 2021, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) – in collaboration with the Nigerien Ministry of Defense and the Nigerian Army War College– held a Pan-African Workshop on the Protection of Civilians (PAW-POC). The two-day workshop, which served as a high level, first of its kind forum to discuss best practices on the…