Military forces often fail to protect civilians from physical violence, even when providing protection is their key objective.
Avoiding collateral damage is no longer enough to protect civilians in armed conflict. Military forces must sometimes counter armed groups that target civilians and tailor their operations to deter, coerce, or destroy the perpetrators’ will and ability to attack civilians.
Military forces must reduce the threat to civilians in any type of operations, whether in defence of national integrity or in protecting non-combattants from violent perpetrators in armed conflicts.
Understanding the threats to civilians is key to better protect them from violence. Threats to civilians vary greatly; from genocide to mob violence. The utility of force to protect varies accordingly.
Through twelve short video lessons, this course provides a systematic approach to threat analysis, planning, implementation, and assessment of military operations to protect civilians.
With the help of a «flipped classroom» design, the course is ideal for self-study, interactive learning and comprehensive courses where the role of the military in providing human security is a topic.