n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2012, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The international community is increasingly engaged in complex tasks aimed at providing wider support to societies emerging from conflict. An issue that has become central in such contexts is the protection of civilians under threat. This is not a recent approach. It has evolved over time based on the development of several mechanisms of practice and policy frameworks. More recently, civilian protection has gained momentum within the context of complex peacekeeping mandates. These include the emerging view that the protection of civilians has a central role in building sustained credibility and the legitimacy of such interventions.

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