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…

Member States Must Support Protection of Civilians During Peacekeeping Budget Negotiations Process that Is Rigged to Cut

The UN General Assembly’s Fifth Committee, the Member State body that negotiates administrative issues and budgets, is getting closer to the June 30th deadline to approve the 2021-2022 peacekeeping budgets. During the final stretch, Member States should recognize that missions continue to provide critical protection to civilians, approve responsible budgets that reflect the security situation…

Preparedness in urban operations: a commander’s planning checklist to protect civilians

By Sahr Muhammedally May 11, 2021 – Protecting civilians in urban operations is complex. Separating military targets from civilian populations is hard in any environment, but in urban areas, the density of the population, civilian objects – such as homes and schools, hospitals, electric power grids, and water sources – magnifies the challenges. Urban environments…

New Report by the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) Advances and Limits the Protection of Civilians

By Josh Jorgensen and Alison Giffen   Last week, the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (referred to as the C-34 and comprised of peacekeeping troop, police, and financial contributors) released their annual report. New language on the protection of civilians (POC), including on early warning, civilian harm mitigation, training, and community engagement helps align…

US in Review – April 2

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, works with US institutions to protect civilians trapped in conflict around the world. This biweekly newsletter is compiled by the program’s fellows.   The US in Afghanistan The…

Counter-Terrorism Hangover or Legal Obligation? The Requirement to Protect Civilians In War

By Sahr Muhammedally Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, in a letter to the mayor and council of Atlanta before he besieged the town in 1864, wrote, “war is cruelty and you cannot refine it.” As a practitioner whose work focuses on the protection of civilians, I have witnessed indiscriminate attacks on civilians, and both governments and…