CIVIC Speaks on Nigeria’s proposed Policy on Protection of Civilians and Civilian Harm Mitigation

  On May 22, 2019, CIVIC’s Executive Director, Federico Borello, spoke with Laurie Laird of Crosby-Volmer for Arise TV about the conflict in Nigeria and the country’s proposed policy on Protection of Civilians and Civilian Harm Mitigation:   The conflict has already claimed more than 38,000 lives and increased activity by armed opposition groups –…

Twenty Years of Protecting Civilians through UN Peacekeeping Operations: Successes, Challenges, and New Frontiers

CIVIC, International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Permanent Missions of the Netherlands and Uruguay to the UN cohosted a policy forum on “Twenty Years of Protecting Civilians through UN Peacekeeping Operations: Successes, Challenges, and New Frontiers.” This side event is part of Protection of Civilians Week, which is taking place on the margins of the…

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…