Mounting Evidence: Empirical Studies Show UN Peacekeeping Mission Presence May Reduce Violence Against Civilians

The evidence is mounting. Academic studies are finding that the presence of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations correlates with reduced violence, including violence against civilians. Despite these studies, there is considerable political and financial pressure to downsize and withdraw UN peacekeeping operations from contexts where civilians continue to be targeted. Other stakeholders are suggesting that…

What Does MINUSCA’s Revised Mandate Mean for the Protection of Civilians in the Central African Republic?

On 15 November 2019, the Security Council unanimously adopted S/RES/2499 and renewed the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). While the protection of civilians (POC) remains the Mission’s first priority task for the year ahead, additional tasks have been added by the Council to support the…

Join CIVIC and IRSEM December 17th for “Placing the Protection of Civilians at the Heart of Military Operations” Event

The Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM) and CIVIC are convening a one-day event on December 17, 2019 at the Military School in Paris that will explore what bettering the protection of civilians in military operations means in practice, and what concrete approaches, policies, and tools can be considered by militaries and governments…

Protecting the Protectors: Safeguarding Humanitarian and Medical Workers in Conflict Zones

In November 2019, CIVIC’s Europe Director Beatrice Godefroy spoke at the French-German panel at Geneva Peace Week 2019 on the protection of humanitarian and medical workers in conflict zones. This event was to contribute reflections from the joint “Humanitarian Call for Action” that was launched by Foreign Ministers Heiko Maas (Germany) and Jean-Yves Le Drian…