The military and civilian protection: developing roles and capacities

Briefing papers
March 2006
Victoria K. Holt

Soldiers are increasingly being asked to perform roles in protecting the civilians of other states. While it is assumed that the political ends of peace operations should create environments with fewer threats to civilians, how far can military efforts go to prevent conflicts, support peacebuilding and serve humanitarian goals? What role can troops play in directly protecting civilians? This paper reports on research into the role of the military in providing protection for civilians when deployed overseas to crisis states.

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