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Exceptions to the Rules: Civilian Harm and Accountability in the Shadow Wars

Nearly two decades after 9/11, the CIA and Special Operations Forces have become increasingly involved in U.S. counterterrorism operations around the world –often operating in the shadows and under a growing set of broad exceptions to the rules that govern the lawful use of lethal force, civilian harm mitigation, transparency, and accountability. Join the Stimson Center and the Center for Civilians in Conflict for a discussion of these programs and the launch of a new report examining the tradeoffs involved with normalizing these exceptions, and offering concrete recommendations for increasing public awareness and strengthening oversight and accountability.


  • Daniel Mahanty, Director, US Program, Center for Civilians in Conflict
  • Rita Siemion, Director, National Security Advocacy, Human Rights First
  • Rachel Stohl, Vice President, Stimson Center
  • Stephen Tankel, Associate Professor, American University; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

This event will be co-hosted by the Center for Civilians in Conflict.

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