The Protection of Civilians in Conflict

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The nature of modern warfare is rapidly changing and, in recent years, has been defined by: protracted and complex conflicts; fluctuating geopolitical allegiances; challenges to multilateralism; and the prominence of non-state actors. As we have seen in Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, civilians face the full brunt of the violence despite the existence of a large body of international law that aims to limit the impact of armed conflicts.
Save the Children and RUSI’s report examines how the combination of British leadership in military expertise, soft power and humanitarian response can drive responsible military practice and accountability measures that protect civilians in conflict. We hope to build on previous initiatives like British leadership on preventing sexual violence in conflict and global campaigns on issues like cluster munitions and landmines which demonstrate that changes in policy, practice and global norms can limit attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure.
The event will include speeches from high-level speakers and bring together key parliamentarians, officials, prominent think tanks, high-profile journalists and notable figures from the defence and foreign policy community.


Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General, RUSI
  • Kevin Watkins, CEO, Save the Children
  • Lord Stirrup, EU External Affairs Sub-Committee, House of Lords
  • Dr Abdulkarim Ekzayez, Academy Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House

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