The Protection of Civilians in U.S. Partnered Operations

InterAction, along with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), produced a report on the practical experiences of policymakers and practitioners in security and humanitarian fields in positively shaping the conduct of armed forces partnering with U.S. forces. Their combined experience—supported by the available research—suggests that it is possible, with the right conditions for success, to affect the conduct of both state and non-state armed actors to minimize harm to civilians. This report outlines considerations and recommendations for policymakers, military actors, and humanitarian professionals, all of whom play a role in encouraging improved policies and practices of armed forces with whom the United States partners.