DOD’s New Ex Gratia Policy: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, and What’s Next

By Annie Shiel On June 22, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interim policy regulation for providing ex gratia payments to civilians harmed as a result of U.S. military operations. The issuance of this regulation is a welcome step forward in institutionalizing the practice of making amends and recognizing the significant harm that occurs in military operations. However,…

Peacekeepers in South Sudan are Helping Minimize Threats to Civilians through Dialogue at the Subnational and National Levels

South Sudan’s revitalized peace process (R-ARCSS) has been largely elite-focused and has yet to yield real dividends for South Sudanese civilians. In this context, the United Nations peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is implementing a new program of work that ties together national support to the peace process in the country with subnational engagement on protection and peacebuilding.

Not Just a Numbers Game: Matching Peacekeeping Mandates with Adequate Resources Is Essential as the COVID-19 Pandemic Spreads

UN Member States are now on their fifth week of the yearly UN peacekeeping budget negotiations.  The budget negotiations at the UN General Assembly’s Fifth Committee (administrative and budgetary) are never easy, but this year negotiations are fraught with additional challenges caused by COVID-19. In this current environment riddled with uncertainty, Member States should demonstrate…

#Lead2Protect: CIVIC’s Peacekeeping Director on the Implementation of the Kigali Principles During POC Week Side Event

Remarks by CIVIC’s Peacekeeping Director Alison Giffen, delivered during “Pledging to Protect Civilians in Peacekeeping Operations: Lessons from the Implementation of the Kigali Principles,” an event hosted by the Permanent Missions of Ireland, Rwanda, and Uruguay to the United Nations (UN) and the International Peace Institute on May 29, 2020 as part of Protection of…