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Improving Civilian Protection in Conflict

April 1, 2021 • 1:00 – 1:45 pm EDT

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The United States has been involved in armed conflict continuously for the past two decades. While the U.S. military has invested time and effort in processes and technologies for avoiding collateral damage on the battlefield, the larger challenge of protecting civilians during operations has proved to be a recurring challenge. Despite substantial efforts in multiple campaigns, the protection of civilians remains an area for improvement, including in efforts to reduce civilian casualties, measuring the impact to civilians in military operations, and in providing compensation for such injuries.

Please join the CSIS Humanitarian Agenda for a discussion with Sarah Holewinski, Washington Director of Human Rights Watch, and Larry Lewis, Director of the Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence at CNA. The panel will explore the history of civilian protection in U.S. military operations, the nature of and reasons for recurring challenges, and steps the Biden administration can take to improve policy and practice on this crucial humanitarian mandate.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Jacob Kurtzer
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Humanitarian Agenda
Director, Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence, CNA