An estimated 50,000 civilians remain in the city of Raqqa, paralyzed by fear of Coalition airstrikes and shelling on the ground, but prevented from escaping by Islamic State fighters.
The Trump administration’s rhetoric, before and after the election, raises questions about its commitment to protecting civilians and if its more aggressive strategy to “annihilate” ISIS has directly led to more civilian casualties.
If civilians are not included as meaningful participants in the Dialogue, the results of the process are likely yet another agreement between national politicians that divides the spoils of war between themselves rather than healing the deepening ethnic divisions that four years of civil conflict have sown.
In addition to rebuilding infrastructure, Moslawis say it’s essential to rebuild confidence between the Iraqi government and the Sunni-majority population.
As part of our expanded online presence and making our work more accessible, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) will be posting occasional updates to our various programs. Our US program is helmed by Special Advisor, Daniel R. Mahanty. We hope you find it useful as a snapshot of our work around the world to…
The conflict in Mali is highly volatile and fast evolving; the government and MINUSMA have been unable to keep up. However, without improving government presence and accountability across the country, and without providing adequate support to MINUSMA, both will continue to struggle and further delay the implementation of the Peace Agreement.
Senior Advisor For Civic’s US Program Raniel R. Mahanty has some thoughts on US use of drones and civilan harm. Since Donald Trump took office, the number of civilian casualties caused by U.S. drone strikes has skyrocketed. Now, a dozen human rights groups are calling on the United States to strengthen and preserve its commitment to avoid harming civilians outside…
As part of our expanded online presence and making our work more accessible, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) will be posting occasional updates to our various programs. Our US program, which is helmed by Special Advisor, Daniel R. Mahanty, is the first one. We hope you find it useful as a snapshot of our work around the world to protect civilians trapped in conflict.
The future of the conflict in Ukraine may be uncertain. But protecting civilians better—and doing so consistently and transparently—will help set the framework for a peaceful and secure future, whatever that may ultimately look like.