Twenty Years of Prioritizing the Protection of Civilians: February 1999 – UN Security Council Convenes First-Ever Meeting Focused on Protecting Civilians in Conflict

This is the first piece in a series that CIVIC will publish throughout 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council taking up the protection of civilians on its agenda. Follow along here, on Facebook, and on Twitter with #POC20 as we reflect on the status of the protection of civilians during this important…

US Week in Review – February 11

On Friday, the Department of Defense released a report on its civilian casualty policy, as required by the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. MOST RECENT OIR CIVCAS REPORT (January 31): In the month of December, CJTF-OIR carried over 184 open reports from previous months and received 10 new reports. The assessment of 12 civilian…

In Coalition Ops, Civilian Protections Are Only As Strong as the Weakest Link

By: Dan Mahanty and Annie Shiel Multinational coalitions have become an enduring feature of American wars, from standing alliances like NATO to the ad-hoc coalitions fighting Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria. Yet, for the frequency with which the US turns to coalitions as a preferred mode of fighting, remarkably little has been done to examine the relationship between…

US Week in Review – January 28

YEMEN Residents in Hodeida have reported continued clashes between Houthis and Saudi-led coalition forces, and security officials said there was heavy fighting last week with both sides using heavy weapons and bringing in reinforcements. The clashes and the failure of both sides to pull out troops from Hodeida as agreed by last month’s ceasefire have…

US Week in Review – January 21

ARMS SALES AND SECURITY ASSISTANCE Croatia has formally canceled a $500 million deal to buy 12 used fighter jets from Israel after it collapsed due to US objections. A report by Journalists for Justice claims that top officials in the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) the Ministries of Defense and Immigration are involved in a smuggling…