Toward A More Responsible US Arms Trade Policy: Recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration

By Annie Shiel, Seth Binder, Jeff Abramson, William Hartung, Rachel Stohl, Diana Ohlbaum, Adam Isacson, Brittany Benowitz and Daniel R. Mahanty In recent years, U.S. arms sold and transferred abroad have been used to commit gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law (IHL) and fueled widespread civilian harm, corruption, and humanitarian crises in countries…

Unacknowledged Harm: Hurdles to Receiving Victims’ Assistance in Afghanistan

When the Biden administration takes office on January 20, 2021, it will have the opportunity – and the responsibility – to better protect civilians caught in armed conflict through concrete improvements in US policy. This document, based on CIVIC’s experience and expertise working on the protection of civilians globally, lays out our recommendations for the Biden administration in 2021 and beyond.

Reversing the Trend: CIVIC Blueprint for US Protection of Civilians Policy in 2021 and Beyond

When the Biden administration takes office on January 20, 2021, it will have the opportunity – and the responsibility – to better protect civilians caught in armed conflict through concrete improvements in US policy. This document, based on CIVIC’s experience and expertise working on the protection of civilians globally, lays out our recommendations for the Biden administration in 2021 and beyond.

DOD’s New Ex Gratia Policy: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, and What’s Next

By Annie Shiel On June 22, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interim policy regulation for providing ex gratia payments to civilians harmed as a result of U.S. military operations. The issuance of this regulation is a welcome step forward in institutionalizing the practice of making amends and recognizing the significant harm that occurs in military operations. However,…