Sarah Holewinski was executive director of Center for Civilians in Conflict, leading the organization’s efforts to make warring parties more responsible for their actions to civilians before, during, and after armed conflict. Under Holewinski's leadership, the Center has developed pragmatic policies and practices for protecting civilians in armed conflict, including the first-ever agreement by NATO to make amends to civilian war victims in Afghanistan and the first civilian protection policy for African forces in Somalia. She is a frequent commentator on civilian protection issues in publications counting The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. She was also named in the top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).
Prior to joining the Center in 2006, Holewinski was a member of the White House AIDS Policy team and founding member of West Wing Writers, a firm of former White House speechwriters with clients including former President Clinton and Bill Gates. She also consulted for Human Rights Watch and the Clinton Foundation HIV-AIDS initiative in Rwanda.
Holewinski holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Philosophy from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Security Policy from Columbia University. She is a Senior Fellow with Truman National Security Project and a Term Member with the Council of Foreign Relations.
Follow Holewinkski on Twitter @SarahAtCivic.
Human Cost of War
Washington Post [March 2006]
Changing of the Guard: Civilian Protection for an Evolving Military
Do Less Harm
Foreign Affairs [January/February 2013]
Drones: an Outlier in a Transparent Presidency
Huffington Post (Blog) [January 16, 2013]
Bring drones out of the shadows
CNN [February 7, 2013]
As Pentagon reshapes fighting force, civilian casualties need to be considered
The Hill [September 7, 2012]
Foreign Policy [August 11, 2011]
Fixing the collateral damage
International Herald Tribune [March 7, 2007]
The True Cost of War
Washington Post [April 15, 2006]