Daniel R. Mahanty

Guest Author

Daniel R. Mahanty (@danmahanty) is the director of the U.S. program at the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC). Prior to joining CIVIC, Dan spent 16 years at the U.S. Department of State. In 2012, he created and led the Office of Security and Human Rights in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. In this role, he oversaw efforts to integrate human rights in U.S. security assistance and arms sales, advance the prevention of recruitment and use of child soldiers, and promote policies related to protecting civilians in conflict.

Dan holds a Masters from Georgetown in U.S. National Security Policy and a Bachelors in Economics from George Mason University. He is a Colin L. Powell Fellow, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman National Security Fellow, and served on the board of advisors for the NGO, “Women LEAD Nepal”.

Articles by this author:

At 100 Days, Grading Biden’s Progress Toward a More Responsible US Arms Trade Policy

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Apr 28th, 2021

A US Return to Human Rights Requires Consistency and Self-Restraint in National Security


Feb 18th, 2021

Give Local Civil Society a Say in U.S. Security Assistance

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Feb 9th, 2021

Toward A More Responsible US Arms Trade Policy: Recommendations for the Biden-Harris Administration

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Jan 19th, 2021

Anticipating the Human Costs of Great Power Conflict

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Nov 9th, 2020

Toward a New Approach to National and Human Security: End Unlawful, Secret, and Unaccountable Use of Lethal Force

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Sep 11th, 2020

Grading DOD’s Annual Civilian Casualties Report: “Incomplete”

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May 7th, 2020

Great Expectations: AFRICOM’s New Quarterly Report on Civilian Casualties


Apr 21st, 2020

U.S. Security Aid Is a Faith-Based Policy

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Apr 14th, 2020

Hidden Gems: Civilian Casualties and Use of Force Reporting Provisions in the Annual Defense Bill

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Dec 17th, 2019

The Pentagon’s 2018 Civilian Casualties Report: What’s In It and What’s Next

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May 2nd, 2019

Costs of War Can’t Be Assessed Without Official Civilian Casualty Estimates

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Apr 3rd, 2019

The Pentagon’s Latest Report on Civilian Casualties Policy

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Feb 12th, 2019

Avoiding the Next Yemen: Applying Hard Lessons for Security Partnerships

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Feb 6th, 2019

What to Make of the Pentagon’s Internal Civilian Casualties Review, and What Comes Next

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Feb 4th, 2019

How the “Arms Sales Oversight Act” Could Prevent American Arms from Contributing to the Next Overseas Crisis

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Dec 5th, 2018

The Pentagon Put Someone in Charge of Its Civilian Casualty Policy. Now What?

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Nov 14th, 2018

Many Problems with Forever War: Being Too Humane Is Not One of Them

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Sep 28th, 2018

The Department of Defense’s Report on Civilian Casualties: A Step Forward in Transparency?

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Jun 13th, 2018

What Questions Should Congress Be Asking DoD About Civilian Casualties?

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May 1st, 2018

The “Leahy Law” Prohibiting US Assistance to Human Rights Abusers: Pulling Back the Curtain


Jun 27th, 2017