Ensuring Civilian Safety: The Vital Importance of Protection and Preparedness

In February 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Mariia Levchenko was working for an international organization in Kyiv. Like millions of others, she suddenly found herself in the midst of turmoil, facing the harsh reality of inadequate protection of civilians from Russian attacks and subsequent disordered evacuations. Mariia’s firsthand experience serves as…

NGOs Jointly Urge Member States to Address Food Insecurity and Civilian Protection in Lead-up to UN Security Council Debate

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), alongside 19 other leading organizations working to improve the protection of civilians in armed conflict (PoC), have published a joint statement ahead of the May 23rd UN Security Council Open Debate at the sixth edition of PoC Week. This statement calls for UN Member States…

Why the Timber Market Could Become A Conflict-Ridden Extractive Industry in The Future

By Jasmine Phillips, Danique Kerkhof, Paul Wamp, Chris Knobloch In 2022, CIVIC partnered with the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University to examine contemporary challenges in the protection of civilians. Bachelors degree students in the integrated security studies project course divided into teams, and developed policy briefs for a range of institutional…