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…

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…

The Pentagon’s 2018 Civilian Casualties Report: What’s In It and What’s Next

By: Dan Mahanty and Rita Siemion The Pentagon’s latest annual report on civilian casualties, released this morning, lists shockingly low numbers of reported casualties that the Department of Defense has assessed as “credible,” reflecting a need for better processes for determining how many civilians the United States is killing. While the report contains some improvements in reporting standards…

#GenderInConflict: Staffing Gender Posts to Strengthen Peacekeeping Missions

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.   In many of the countries where peacekeeping operations are deployed, gender-based violence (GBV) and conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) are taking place at significant levels…