CIVIC Joins INTERCROSS THE PODCAST for Episode #59: The Protection of Civilians in Partnered Operations

Our US Program Director, Dan Mahanty, along with Jenny McAvoy, the Director of Protection at InterAction, recently spoke with Intercross the Podcast to discuss the protection of civilians in partnered operations. National security and defense strategies, as well as trends in US military operations around the globe, reflect a preference for working by, with, and through…

How the “Arms Sales Oversight Act” Could Prevent American Arms from Contributing to the Next Overseas Crisis

By: Daniel R. Mahanty and Eric Eikenberry The debate over U.S. complicity in Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe is coming to a head in the Senate, with a series of votes on the Sanders-Lee-Murphy war powers resolution. But beyond this immediate measure, other members of Congress are planning to increase their long-term leverage over weapons sales to problematic…

#16Days to #OrangeTheWorld: Kemi’s Story (Part 2)

As part of the #16Days global “UNite to End Violence” campaign, we are sharing the story of a woman who faced violence in the midst of a conflict zone. Drawing from “In Her Shoes,” a toolkit designed by the Gender Based Violence Prevention Network, Kemi’s story, a fictionalized account based on real experiences, illustrates the…

#16Days to #OrangeTheWorld: Kemi’s Story (Part 1)

As part of the #16Days global “UNite to End Violence” campaign, we are sharing the story of a woman who faced violence in the midst of a conflict zone. Drawing from “In Her Shoes,” a toolkit designed by the Gender Based Violence Prevention Network, Kemi’s story, a fictionalized account based on real experiences, illustrates the…

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“We Hope, But We Are Hopeless”

In 2009, Iraq adopted Law 20, “Compensating the Victims of Military Operations, Military Mistakes and Terrorist Actions” (the compensation law), to compensate for deaths, injuries, and damage affecting work, study, or property. The compensation law, amended in 2015, applies retroactively from March 20, 2003 through the present day and covers harm caused by the Islamic…

US Week in Review – November 27

CONGRESS Democrats Call for an End to US Support for Saudi Arabia  In a statement on Tuesday, President Trump said that the US would maintain a “steadfast” alliance with Saudi Arabia and that “we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder” of Jamal Khashoggi, despite an assessment by the CIA concluding that Saudi…

Data-Driven Protection: Linking Threat Analysis to Planning in UN Peacekeeping Operations

Data-Driven Protection: Linking Threat Analysis to Planning in UN Peacekeeping Operations examines the challenges and gaps that UN peacekeeping operations in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) face when conducting threat analysis and using it as the basis of integrated Mission action. The report reviews how information is collected, stored, shared, analyzed,…

The Pentagon Put Someone in Charge of Its Civilian Casualty Policy. Now What?

By: Daniel R. Mahanty and Rita Siemion For all the time and attention that the Defense Department has rightly spent addressing civilian casualties, no single official at the Pentagon has ever been formally charged with overseeing the many challenges involved with proactively preventing civilian casualties and assessing and responding to reports of harm. And while many…