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…

The UK’s Ranger Regiment: An opportunity

By Abigail Watson, Beatrice Godefroy, Rocco Blume, Camilla Molyneux, Jamie Gaskarth, Lucia Withers, and Murray Jones With the UK’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy signalling an increased  focus on building the capacity of foreign security forces, through the generation of a new Ranger Regiment, the UK has an opportunity to take stock of…

Ukraine must do more to protect civilians living close to the conflict contact line

By Beatrice Godefroy and Suleiman Mamutov On July 22, 2020, representatives from Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) agreed to implement an enhanced ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. In the months that followed, ceasefire violations significantly decreased and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reported zero conflict-related civilian casualties resulting from…

Training on Negotiations, Communication, and Dialogue Facilitation: Developing the Capacity of Civilians and CIMIC Officers to Engage in Productive Dialogue in Conflict-Affected Ukraine

Training on Negotiations, Communication, and Dialogue Facilitation: Developing the Capacity of Civilians and CIMIC Officers to Engage in Productive Dialogue in Conflict-Affected Ukraine To ensure effective facilitation of civil-military dialogues in the conflict-affected communities of eastern Ukraine, CIVIC conducted a course on negotiations, communication, and dialogue facilitation based on the Harvard Negotiation Project method. Training…