MWI PODCAST: PROTECTING CIVILIANS IN URBAN COMBAT

In the third episode of MWI’s new Urban Warfare Project podcast, John Spencer is joined by Sahr Muhammedally. She works at the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), a nongovernmental organization that seeks to convince parties to armed conflicts to recognize the dignity and rights of civilians, prevent civilian harm, protect civilians caught in conflict, and amend harm. Sahr manages…

A Mandate for Gradual Transition and Strong Performance

On December 19, 2019, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2502, outlining a new mandate for the peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo—known by its French acronym MONUSCO. Changes to a peacekeeping mission’s mandate instruct peacekeepers on what shifts to make in their policies, activities, and operations on the ground. So, what…

Mounting Evidence: Empirical Studies Show UN Peacekeeping Mission Presence May Reduce Violence Against Civilians

The evidence is mounting. Academic studies are finding that the presence of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations correlates with reduced violence, including violence against civilians. Despite these studies, there is considerable political and financial pressure to downsize and withdraw UN peacekeeping operations from contexts where civilians continue to be targeted. Other stakeholders are suggesting that…