An educational documentary commissioned as a training and information tool for peacekeepers before deployment on United Nations’ missions. Mandated to Protect focuses on the question of how peacekeeping forces, drawn from many countries, operating in alien environments, typically outnumbered, lacking a clear opponent and often a clear local authority, are to protect civilians. Through interviews conducted on three continents with key military, police and United Nations figures, the program examines the challenges, difficulties and opportunities for success of UN peacekeepers in their role in the protection of civilians; the real victims of conflict.