Refugees are fleeing Syria in such astonishing numbers because armed groups continue to target civilians with violence. That’s what we heard in September when the U.N. Human Rights Council discussed the most recent report of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria. The commission’s chair, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, made a plea for international action to end… Read more »
Jessica Stanton is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her book “Violence and Restraint in Civil War: Civilian Targeting in the Shadow of International Law” is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.