Daniel Mahanty is director of the U.S. Program for the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC). Through research and advocacy, he promotes the adoption of U.S. government policies and practices that serve to protect civilians and to minimize the harm they experience in armed conflict. Prior to joining CIVIC, Mr. Mahanty spent 16 years at the U.S. Department of State, where he created and led the Office of Security and Human Rights. In this role, he oversaw the integration of human rights in U.S. security assistance and arms sales policies and coordinated U.S. government efforts to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers. He teaches “Human Rights and U.S. National Security” at Georgetown University, Kansas University, and the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Mr. Mahanty holds a master’s degree in national security policy from Georgetown and a bachelor’s degree in economics from George Mason University. He is a Colin L. Powell Fellow, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Truman National Security Fellow. His writings have appeared in the National Interest, USA Today, Defense One, Just Security, and other publications.