The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its bi-annual protection of civilians in armed conflict report. The mission determined that civilian fatalities and casualties increased by 23 percent over the first six months of 2013, compared to the same time period in 2012. Moreover, consistent with all previous reports, the vast majority (74 percent) of all civilian casualties were attributed to “Anti-Government Elements,” meaning primarily the Taliban, and nine percent by “Pro-Government Forces.” The rest occurred in combat between the two sides, or count not be attributed. Read more »
Julia Sweig is the Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies and director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Joel Hernandez is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech, Columbine: massacres that punctuate the more than ten thousand gun homicides perpetrated every year in the United States. Yet what often goes missing from each subsequent debate in the United States about gun control is the international impact of lax American gun laws, especially in Latin America. Read more »