Syrians Under Fire: The Islamic State group is far from the only threat that Syrian civilians face

By Natasha Hall In last week’s Republican presidential debate, we heard all about saturation bombing and destroying the Islamic State group. Republican contender Sen. Ted Cruz recently proffered his opinion that we should “carpet bomb ISIS into oblivion.” In the past two weeks, a 34-nation Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism was announced, President Barack…

Displaced civilians seeking refuge at the UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan) base in UN House, in the wake of fresh clashes in Juba between soldiers of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition (SPLA-IO).

Protection, Peacekeeping, and the Individualization of War

On December 3-4 2015, the European University Institute and the Global Policy Initiative of Columbia University convened a workshop of around thirty scholars, practitioners, and high-level UN officials to discuss “Protection, Peacekeeping, and the Individualization of War.” CIVIC was invited to share its experiences and perspectives on the “Micro-level Dilemmas of Protection in Peacekeeping.”

No Safe Place in Gaza

Article by Nicolette Boehland, Harvard Law Fellow at CIVIC. Last September, I went to Gaza to talk to civilians about their experiences during conflict. When I arrived at my hotel, the manager told me with pride that I was lucky to be staying in one of the most secure locations in the Gaza Strip. He…

Safeguarding Libyan Civilians

In his July 7 op-ed, “Libya becomes a democracy,” Libyan Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali promised that “Libyans will never forget America’s leadership and commitment to protect civilians during the revolution,” but civilians need more than just memories of protection. The new Libyan government should make the explicit commitment to protect its own citizens going forward.…

CIVIC Testimony on Victims’ Assistance in Afghanistan, State and Foreign Operations Hearing

Submitted Testimony of Erica Gaston, Center field researcher in Afghanistan to US Senate Committee on Appropriations on the need for recognition, compensation, and other assistance in Afghanistan. CIVIC Testimony April 2009 Afghan Assistance  ### Notes to editors: Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world.…

Lessons from ‘Ghanzi Province’

The Iraqis I met a few weeks ago are still fleeing car bombs and sniper fire, but they’re not running for their lives. Instead, they are running for a living, earning money by playing distraught civilians in a fake Iraqi province called Ghanzi. Created by the U.S. military in California’s Mojave Desert, Ghanzi is part…

The True Cost of War

A year ago tomorrow, in Baghdad, a young woman from California was killed by a suicide bomb. Marla Ruzicka was working to get aid to Iraqi civilians harmed by U.S. military operations when her car and that of her colleague Faiz Ali Salim was destroyed on the now-infamous airport road. Marla’s legacy lives on in…