More Good Than Harm: Why the EU Must Learn From Others’ Mistakes to Ensure Better Protection of Civilians through European Peace Facility (EPF) Activities

Anders Fogh Rassmussen recently wrote: “The European Union regularly argues that its foreign policy is based on values, not just on short-term interests. If this is the case, we should stand up for these values.”1Hong Kong showed China is a threat to democracy. Now Europe must defend Taiwan, The Guardian, July 16, 2019, available at:…

#GenderInConflict: Approaching Civilian Protection through a Gender-Sensitive Lens

The following video is one piece in a collection on our VOICES blog focused on the gendered experience in conflict and how gender differences should factor into the protection of civilians. Men, women, boys, and girls experience conflict differently. Despite this fact, talk of “protection of civilians” too often refers to “civilians” in a gender-blind way rather…

Protecting Civilians Still Matters in Great-Power Conflict

It’s easy to see why counterinsurgency campaigns tread carefully around local bystanders. It’s no less important in larger-scale war. As the U.S. military shifts its focus from counterinsurgency to large-scale combat against near-peer competitors, the value of preventing civilian harm in the battle for “hearts and minds” has been largely displaced by an emphasis on the speed and decisiveness…

CIVIC Joins INTERCROSS THE PODCAST for Episode #59: The Protection of Civilians in Partnered Operations

Our US Program Director, Dan Mahanty, along with Jenny McAvoy, the Director of Protection at InterAction, recently spoke with Intercross the Podcast to discuss the protection of civilians in partnered operations. National security and defense strategies, as well as trends in US military operations around the globe, reflect a preference for working by, with, and through…

In Communities

The Center for Civilians in Conflict works with local communities in conflict zones to help them strengthen self-protection mechanisms and advocate for better protection from local and international security forces. In Afghanistan, for example, in parallel with advocacy efforts, we are organizing and training community leaders to engage with armed actors on how to improve…