Civilian Protection in Great Power Conflict
The PAX protection of civilians (POC) team is coming to the US for a series of talks on civilian harm mitigation (CHM) as we launch our free book, "On Civilian Harm." The organization is a strong proponent of civilian harm mitigation (CHM) - the tactics, techniques, and procedures first implemented by ISAF in Afghanistan (and now adopted by the US) as a way for militaries to minimize civilian harm from operations. However, many are questioning CHM with the shift from COIN to great power conflict. Some wonder if civilians can or even should be protected if there is a peer-level conflict fought by the US/NATO. PAX will discuss this rift in the world of POC actors, how recent revelations of failed airstrikes (Kabul & Baghouz) are leading to changes in US policy, the forthcoming Department of Defense Instruction on Civilian Harm, and the moral obligations to protect and compensate civilians even when the law does not require it.
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