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. READ MORE

To commemorate the new partnership between the Stimson Center and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, we are pleased to convene a panel comprised of scholars and scholar/practitioners from both institutions. READ MORE

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

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

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. READ MORE

In advance of new recommendations anticipated to be released today by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the future of the U.N. peacekeeping operation in South Sudan (UNMISS), a new report by the Stimson Center and the Sudd Institute finds that the U.N. READ MORE

The United Nations faces an unprecedented challenge in South Sudan. The country has been devastated by the civil war that broke out in December 2013, just two and a half years after South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan. READ MORE

An unprecedented 96,800 people are seeking shelter from violence inside U.N. peacekeeping operation bases in South Sudan, with many living in fear of killing, rape, and abduction according to a study released today by the nonpartisan Stimson Center. READ MORE

The recent crisis in South Sudan highlights the importance of research on how civilians can and should be protected from deliberate violence. In December 2013, fighting broke out across South Sudan between government forces led by President Salva Kiir and opposition forces led by former Vice President Riek Machar. READ MORE

Organisations working on conflict prevention and peacebuilding increasingly understand the importance of making their programmes responsive to the communities with which they work. That means that they need to engage with those communities to understand their priorities and perceptions. READ MORE

May 29th is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, a day to commemorate the sacrifices of those who have lost their lives serving in peacekeeping operations and to celebrate the roughly 120,000 peacekeepers currently serving in missions around the world. READ MORE

March 5, 2014 | Stimson Spotlight

This Friday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is expected to reach a decision that could be a major milestone. If the defendant is found guilty of rape and sexual slavery it would be the first conviction on sexual violence charges at the ICC, which would strengthen international norms and create new legal precedents for sexual violence offences as international crimes. READ MORE

In the face of deliberate violence against civilians, communities often have no one to rely on for protection but themselves. READ MORE

July 11, 2013 | Stimson Spotlight

In response to fighting between government forces and rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that threatens regional stability, the United Nations Security Council has authorized an "intervention brigade" - a new kind of international stabilization force - that is expected to become fully operational by the end of July. READ MORE