By Larry Lewis and Sarah Holewinski

This piece appeared in PRISM Vol. 4, no. 2 . Prism is a journal of the Center for Complex Operations.

Reducing civilian harm and properly responding to civilian losses in armed conflict is a win/win for America’s shifting strategy. What’s more, these objectives are entirely possible with leadership, attention, and focus from U.S. government officials.

The entire issue of PRISM is available here.



Notes to editors:

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.

For more information, contact Christopher Allbritton at +1 (917) 310-4785 or


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