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…

The Halls of Power

  CIVIC works in three arenas: advocating in the halls of power, in war zones with armed actors, and in communities with impacted civilians. To advocate, CIVIC learns about the needs of civilians caught in conflict around the world and voices their concerns with the policymakers who have the power to make improved protection a…

A CIVIC Quick Reference Guide: US Law & Policy on the Use of Military Force and Lethal Operations – Part II (Partnered Operations)

Our first guide focused on US law and policy on the use of military force in the context of counterterrorism operations. The US also conducts operations “by, with, and through” local partners by training, advising, accompanying, or providing intelligence or logistical support. In these cases, US forces may be indirectly involved, or at risk of…

A CIVIC Quick Reference Guide: US Law & Policy on the Use of Military Force and Lethal Operations – Part I (Counterterrorism)

Where is the United States at war and what laws does the US government call upon as justification? As of today, the US conducts counterterrorism operations involving lethal force in at least six countries. The US government’s broad interpretation of domestic and international law that supports these operations could provide the basis for using force…

#15YEARSOFCIVIC: Fundraising Campaign

The world is experiencing more conflict and less peace than at any time in recent history. From the Middle East and North Africa to Southeast Asia and Europe, an increasing number of regions are wracked by conflict, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence. In densely-populated areas, including cities like Aleppo and Mosul, greater…

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Protecting and Harming Civilians: Perceptions of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Northeast Nigeria

In our VOICES blog, we share regular updates from our global programs, including CIVIC’s Africa and Peacekeeping Teams. This piece was written by CIVIC’s Sr. Program Advisor for Nigeria, Chitra Nagarajan, with input from Bénédicte Aboul-Nasr, former Peacekeeping Program Associate. In northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin, civilians mobilized to push back against armed opposition…