Humanitarian Protection

Ukraine Symposium – War Crimes against Children

Ukraine Symposium – War Crimes against Children

For the 452 million children living in conflict zones (1 in 6 globally), the effects of conflict are multiple, wide-ranging, and devastating. With an increase in asymmetric warfare globally, children are targets of horrific acts of violence, including killing,...

Weaponizing Food

Weaponizing Food

The conflict in Ukraine is threatening the world’s food system. For instance, Ukraine and Russia supply around 30% of global wheat and barley exports. And over 40% of Ukrainian wheat export goes to Africa, where food shortages are endemic. In a March 25 update, the UN...

Portending Genocide in Ukraine?

Portending Genocide in Ukraine?

As Russian forces continue their brutal invasion of Ukraine, worrisome signs are emerging about the prospect of genocide. While the term is used rather freely in the media, the prospect of actual genocide returning to Europe for the first time in nearly thirty years...

Displacement from Conflict: Old Realities, New Protections?

Displacement from Conflict: Old Realities, New Protections?

Globally, conflicts are the main source of both internal and cross-border displacement. The conflict prompted by Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine, which is a considerable escalation from the original incursion in 2014, has already caused the largest external...

Law Applicable to Persons Fleeing Armed Conflicts

Law Applicable to Persons Fleeing Armed Conflicts

As early as February 23rd, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, estimated that 5 million people may flee if hostilities erupted in Ukraine. As of March 13th, less than three weeks after the Russian Federation launched an...

The Abuse of “Peacekeeping”

The Abuse of “Peacekeeping”

​On 21 February, President Vladimir Putin explained that Russian forces would enter Ukraine to “perform peacekeeping functions.” Earlier this year the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) also deployed “peacekeeping forces” to Kazakhstan, predominately made...

Privacy vs. Precaution in Future Armed Conflict

Privacy vs. Precaution in Future Armed Conflict

The operational demands of modern armed conflict highlight a pressing need for information, including highly private data about persons. This post examines the balance between personal privacy and armed forces’ need to identify persons with a high degree of integrity...

Down Is Not Always Out: Hors De Combat in the Close Fight

Down Is Not Always Out: Hors De Combat in the Close Fight

Note: this piece builds on a recent article published in Infantry Magazine. While that article was intended “to equip infantry leaders with the knowledge required to train their soldiers to make confident, split-second decisions in combat,” this piece is focused on...