US Week in Review – October 09

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) shares regular updates about the work of our global programs. Our US program, helmed by US Program Director, Daniel R. Mahanty, works with US institutions to protect civilians trapped in conflict around the world. This weekly overview of the US Program is authored by CIVIC consultant, Lyndsey Martin. US…

Breaking the Cycle of Violence in Conflict Starts with Protecting Civilians Caught Within It

When I talk to people about armed conflict today, I usually get one of two responses: “The fighting is so far away and has lasted so long that nothing can be done about it,” or “If only there were stronger military responses, all terrorist groups, like Boko Haram, ISIS, and Al-Qaida, would be defeated.”   Our experience talking with civilians, security forces, and other stakeholders in conflict zones around the world shows that reality is far more nuanced. Since its founding in 2003, CIVIC has witnessed modern conflict’s increasingly devastating –…

In Communities

The Center for Civilians in Conflict works with local communities in conflict zones to help them strengthen self-protection mechanisms and advocate for better protection from local and international security forces. In Afghanistan, for example, in parallel with advocacy efforts, we are organizing and training community leaders to engage with armed actors on how to improve…

US Week in Review – October 01, 2018

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) shares regular updates about the work of our global programs. Our US program, helmed by US Program Director, Daniel R. Mahanty, works with US institutions to protect civilians trapped in conflict around the world. This weekly overview of the US Program is authored by CIVIC consultant, Lyndsey Martin. US…

THE DECLARATION OF SHARED COMMITMENTS ON UN PEACEKEEPING: One Step Forward – or Twenty Years Back?

  Almost two decades ago, following consecutive catastrophic peacekeeping failures in Rwanda and Srebrenica, world leaders turned the protection of civilians into a non-negotiable priority for UN peacekeepers. Recognizing that such failures undermined the entire enterprise of peacekeeping, in 1999, the UN Security Council began authorizing peacekeeping operations to protect civilians. In the years since,…