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,…

US Week in Review – September 18, 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, with support from Research & Advocacy Associate, Julie Snyder, works with US institutions to protect civilians trapped in conflict around the world. This weekly overview of the US…

US Week in Review – September 10, 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, with support from Research & Advocacy Associate, Julie Snyder, works with US institutions to protect civilians trapped in conflict around the world. This weekly overview of the US…

The Halls of Power

  CIVIC works in three arenas: advocating in the halls of power, in war zones with armed actors, and in communities with impacted civilians. To advocate, CIVIC learns about the needs of civilians caught in conflict around the world and voices their concerns with the policymakers who have the power to make improved protection a…

A CIVIC Quick Reference Guide: US Law & Policy on the Use of Military Force and Lethal Operations – Part II (Partnered Operations)

Our first guide focused on US law and policy on the use of military force in the context of counterterrorism operations. The US also conducts operations “by, with, and through” local partners by training, advising, accompanying, or providing intelligence or logistical support. In these cases, US forces may be indirectly involved, or at risk of…