Civilian Protection

Conflict Zones and Human Rights

The absence of the rule of law in conflict zones endangers the security and dignity of the local population. Stimson experts create and refine strategies to protect civilians and examine how civilian expertise can be used to prevent future violence against civilians.

Current Research

November 7, 2019 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2020 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the next administration faces. READ MORE

July 9, 2019 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , EXPERT: Victoria K. Holt

This Special Report, published by ASPI, includes contributions from leading experts in the field, including Stimson Center experts, Victoria Holt, Managing Director, and Aditi Gorur, Senior Fellow and Dire READ MORE

July 18, 2018 | EXPERT: Victoria K. Holt

The 2018 NATO summit in Brussels focused heavily on strong defense and deterrence, with emphasis on counterterrorism operations.  In advance, NATO commissioned an article, Preparing to Protect: Advice on Implementing NATO's Protection of Civilian Policy, by Marla Keenan and Stimson Disti READ MORE

July 17, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

By Rachel Stohl, Shannon Dick, and Cassandra Cronin READ MORE

January 10, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

January 10, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

International arms sales represent an enduring and prominent feature of American foreign policy. The United States sells or licenses the sale of weapons to other governments to advance its foreign policy, security, and economic interests. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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 READ MORE

August 10, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

By Jesse Marks READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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