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

August 9, 2016

The recent violence in Juba between the forces of President Salva Kiir and former First Vice President Riek Machar demonstrated the fragility of South Sudan’s peace and the critical role that the international community is playing in holding the country back from the brink of renewed civil war.

July 28, 2016 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

By Aditi Gorur and Rachel Stohl:

June 29, 2016

This report summarizes the findings of a research team from the Stimson Center and the Better World Campaign, which traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in April-May 2016 to review the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO).

March 14, 2016 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

By Aditi Gorur: 

February 9, 2016 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , EXPERT: Lisa Sharland

Despite rhetoric and mandates that identify the protection of civilians as one of the highest priorities for U.N. peace operations, protection is often not treated as a priority on the ground. The report of the High-Level Independent Panel on U.N.

December 14, 2015

This report offers recommendations for stakeholders to consider as part of the upcoming mandate review that will take place in December 2015, as well as lessons for future reviews.

December 14, 2015 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

Civil war has raged in South Sudan for two years. Horrific atrocities continue to be committed against the civilian population by both primary parties to the conflict as UNMISS has struggled to protect civilians within and beyond its protection of civilians (POC) sites.

November 12, 2015 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , EXPERT: Lisa Sharland

The kidnapping and assassination of senior political figures in Bangui in recent weeks, along with a number of violent intercommunal reprisals and attacks on peacekeepers, have sparked concerns the Central African Republic’s capital may be about to descend into yet another cycle of devastating sectarian violence.

October 7, 2015 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

The Stimson Center announced today that Aditi Gorur has been promoted to Director of Stimson’s Protecting Civilians in Conflict program.

September 28, 2015 | EXPERT: Sofi­a Sebastian

To most people, the term "United Nations peacekeepers" conjures images of soldiers in blue helmets, but U.N. peacekeeping operations also include critical non-military components.

September 21, 2015 | EXPERT: Jenna Stern

Despite the recent signing of a peace agreement to end more than a year and a half of civil war, South Sudan remains plagued by insecurity.

July 10, 2015 | EXPERT: Lisa Sharland

The Stimson Center announced today that Co-Director of the Future of Peace Operations program Alison Giffen will join the U.S. State Department’s International Organizations Bureau as the Senior Peacekeeping Advisor.

January 26, 2015 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , STAFF: Fairlie Chappuis

The war in the Democratic Republic of Congo directly resulted in the deaths of 860,000 people, mostly civilians, over the period 2007–2010.

November 25, 2014 | EXPERT: Jenna Stern

Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of United Nations (U.N.) International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

November 25, 2014 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

JUBA, South Sudan—South Sudan is in crisis. Following the outbreak of a civil war almost a year ago, the country has been devastated by widespread violence that is both politically and ethnically motivated.
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