Protecting Civilians in Conflict

Transforming Conflict and Governance

Protecting Civilians in Conflict

Millions of civilians are targeted for violence in conflict-affected areas around the world. The Protecting Civilians in Conflict project engages policymakers, practitioners, and communities on the ground to identify protection gaps and develop tailored strategies to protect civilians in war-torn societies.
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Research and Analysis

March 13, 2018 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

A fundamental principle of United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping is that missions deploy only with the consent of the main parties to a conflict, including the host-state government.

August 30, 2017 | EXPERT: Haidi Scarlet Willmot

The United Nations (U.N.) is mandated and resourced to prevent and respond to mass human suffering caused by conflict, natural disaster, and disease. Yet it is often criticized for failing to act in a timely way.

August 28, 2017 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

Statement — Briefing on Democratic Republic of the Congo: An Update Aditi Gorur Director, Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program, Stimson Center House Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Washington, DC

August 10, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

By Jesse Marks

July 6, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

As Russia’s “de-escalation plan” for the ongoing war in Syria takes effect, neighboring countries are keen to return massive Syrian refugee populations to the four safe zones that the plan establishes in the western part of the country.

June 19, 2017 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , EXPERT: Madeline Vellturo

Since 2014, MINUSCA — the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic — has worked to protect civilians and keep the peace.

June 11, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

Early last month, Russia put forward a “de-escalation” plan for Syria under which major opposition-held territories in western parts of the country, including northwestern Idlib province, northern Homs countryside, the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, and parts of southern Syria, would become s

May 17, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

If there was any doubt the Russians are now leading diplomatic efforts on Syria, the latest round of Astana talks made it abundantly clear.

April 6, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

In 2013, Obama’s red line in Syria following the regime’s use of chemical weapons failed to produce any real intervention.

January 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , EXPERT: Madeline Vellturo

Although United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping missions are mandated in response to major national- or international-level conflicts, missions are often confronted with a variety of locally-driven conflicts once they deploy.

December 14, 2016 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

In 2004, the United Nations Security Council authorized the first stabilization mission in Haiti. Since then, it has authorized three more in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, and the Central African Republic.

October 20, 2016

The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, was authorized in 2013 to support peace and stability in Mali. The core of MINUSMA’s mandate is to support the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali that resulted from the Algiers negotiations.

October 12, 2016

Violence against civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR) is complex, driven by numerous conflicts at different levels. A national-level peace agreement may contribute to stability, but cannot fully address these diverse conflict drivers. Efforts by the U.N.

August 23, 2016 | EXPERT: Lisa Sharland

By Lisa Sharland:
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