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…

US Week in Review – November 13

The UN estimates that 445,000 people have fled Hodeida governorate since June. The UNHCR said the number of people remaining in Hodeida is difficult to assess but expressed concern that people who need to flee aren’t able to because intensified military operations are “increasingly confining populations and cutting off exit routes.” UN peace talks scheduled…

CIVIC to Participate in the 2018 Paris Peace Forum

  The Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) will participate in the Paris Peace Forum from November 11-13 in Paris, France. The Paris Peace Forum was created by French President Emmanuel Macron to revive collective governance and international cooperation at a time when global challenges have never been so pressing. Conceived as an annual gathering…

US Week in Review – November 05

YEMEN The Trump administration is stepping up pressure to end the war in Yemen amid growing opposition to US support for Saudi Arabia in Congress, with both Secretaries Pompeo and Mattis issuing calls last week for a rapid ceasefire and UN-led peace talks in coming weeks. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that…

Protecting South Sudan’s Peacekeeping Mission from the Regional Actors who Brokered Peace

“Accepting Ugandan & Sudanese troops in peace-keeping mission (UNMISS) would be a Mistake.” After five years of civil war, egregious violence against civilians, and seemingly countless failed ceasefires, politicians are celebrating the latest round of South Sudanese peace and security agreements. Today, President Museveni of Uganda and President Bashir of Sudan will be in the…

US Week in Review – October 23

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…