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Protection of Civilians course now available in French
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.