Practices to Meet and Address the Emerging Challenges of Protecting Civilians in Peace Operations

On May 20th, 2014, the International Peace Institute, together with the governments of Austria and Norway, hosted a seminar that facilitated an exchange and sharing of experiences and best practices among organizations, both at the conceptual and operational level, regarding protecting civilians. It also addressed emerging issues in protecting civilians in peace operations—such as civilian…

Civilian War Victims Receive Recognition in US Law

By Sahr Muhammedally   When the US military was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, it had no plan for addressing civilian casualties despite following rules prohibiting disproportionate or deliberate attacks on civilians. Eventually, commanders in those theaters recognized they needed to change course, by acknowledging, investigating, and offering assistance to those harmed through ex-gratia monetary…

Aid for Drone Victims

To the Editor: Re “Questions on Drone Strike Find Only Silence” (front page, Nov. 23): Faisal bin Ali Jaber, a Yemeni, says he doesn’t question the drone program but rather wants acknowledgment and an apology for the deaths of his nephew and brother-in-law. That is why he traveled all the way to Washington. Indeed, that…

Five Ways Obama Can Fix Drones Right Now

The way proponents talk about them, you’d think Zeus gifted drones straight from his backpack. Alternatively, you might also believe that drones herald the age of robotic, soulless warfare and are evil in their very nature. We’re watching the renewed drone debate this week, much of which is focused on whether drones are legal and…

Marla Ruzicka’s Heroism

Arifa had lost nearly everything when Marla Ruzicka walked through the door and into her life. The American intervention in Afghanistan had started just weeks before. A US bomb missed its target by three miles and landed instead on Arifa’s home, leaving her a widow at the age of 30. She buried her husband, eldest…