The UN Peacekeeping Mission in CAR Strengthens Community Engagement in Order to Better Protect Civilians from Ongoing Violence

Modern UN peacekeeping operations must safely and effectively engage local communities to successfully implement their objectives, in particular mandates to protect civilians from physical violence. Community Liaison Assistants (CLAs) serve in UN peacekeeping missions to support engagement with local communities. The UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic (known by its French acronym MINUSCA)…

DOD’s New Ex Gratia Policy: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, and What’s Next

By Annie Shiel On June 22, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interim policy regulation for providing ex gratia payments to civilians harmed as a result of U.S. military operations. The issuance of this regulation is a welcome step forward in institutionalizing the practice of making amends and recognizing the significant harm that occurs in military operations. However,…

Peacekeepers in South Sudan are Helping Minimize Threats to Civilians through Dialogue at the Subnational and National Levels

South Sudan’s revitalized peace process (R-ARCSS) has been largely elite-focused and has yet to yield real dividends for South Sudanese civilians. In this context, the United Nations peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is implementing a new program of work that ties together national support to the peace process in the country with subnational engagement on protection and peacebuilding.