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Protection of Civilians course now available in French

Published: 09-26-14

POTI is pleased to announce the Protection of Civilians course is now available in French. This course translation was made possible through a grant from The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF).

The protection of civilians is now a recurrent theme in peacekeeping mandates. Yet, while much academic work has been done to highlight the issue, little doctrine or guidance has been produced. This course seeks to address some of that deficit by providing a historical perspective as well as suggesting some practical options for consideration for those undertaking this task.

Consisting of five lessons, the course begins by discussing the contemporary operating environment for peacekeepers and how the changing nature of conflict necessitates the protection of civilians. In order to actualize this rather ambiguous concept, the author then explores the legal basis and mandates that have been produced on protection and outlines the threats that peacekeepers face. The course then turns to look at the current guidance, and the various stakeholders, and ends with a look at the key principles of protection and how they can effectively be put into practice.