Reference Guide: Tracking Protection of Civilians Through the NDAA

Reference Guide: Tracking Protection of Civilians Through the NDAA  The United States National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is legislation that provides annual authorization of appropriations for the Department of Defense (DoD) and defense-related activities at other federal agencies. In so doing, the NDAA also establishes, guides, and at times restrains defense policy. In recent years,…

Implementing International Humanitarian Law: Innovative Programming and Best Practices in the Age of COVID-19

On June 25, 2021, CIVIC hosted a discussion on innovative programming & best practices for implementing International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in the age of COVID-19. This side event was convened on the margins of the 2021 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS), a platform dedicated to discussing current and emerging humanitarian challenges and priority themes and…

The UN Budget Committee Adopts Peacekeeping Budgets and a New Tone on the Protection of Civilians

On June 29, 2021, the UN General Assembly’s budget and administrative committee (the Fifth Committee) approved the annual budgets for peacekeeping operations. Despite the fact that a number of missions operating in complex settings proposed smaller or zero-growth budgets this year, Member States made additional cuts. This outcome calls into question whether the current budget…

Training on Negotiations, Communication, and Dialogue Facilitation: Developing the Capacity of Civilians and CIMIC Officers to Engage in Productive Dialogue in Conflict-Affected Ukraine

Training on Negotiations, Communication, and Dialogue Facilitation: Developing the Capacity of Civilians and CIMIC Officers to Engage in Productive Dialogue in Conflict-Affected Ukraine To ensure effective facilitation of civil-military dialogues in the conflict-affected communities of eastern Ukraine, CIVIC conducted a course on negotiations, communication, and dialogue facilitation based on the Harvard Negotiation Project method. Training…

Security Council Overcomes Division to Adopt a MINUSMA Mandate that Advances Protection of Civilians Language

By Josh Jorgensen and Seán Smith   On Tuesday, June 29th, the UN Security Council renewed the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, for another year. During negotiations, Council members were grappling with the impact of significant shifts that occurred over the last year in MINUSMA’s operating environment – two coups d’état;…

Сivil-Military Dialogues: Improving the Protection of Civilians in eastern Ukraine

Сivil-Military Dialogues: Improving the Protection of Civilians in eastern Ukraine As a part of CIVIC’s EU-funded project “Building Capacity of Civilian Protection in Eastern Ukraine,” we worked to implement civil-military dialogues in six communities of Donetsk oblast from October 2020-March 2021. Civil-military dialogues are critical for improving cooperation and trust between the military and residents…