Civil Society Under Strain: Counter-Terrorism Policy, Civil Society and Aid Post-9/11

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* First book to comprehensively examine the War on Terror’s impact on civil society
* Contributors include well-known scholars in IR, political science and security studies

Following George W. Bush’s declaration of a global War on Terror in the wake of the September 11 attacks, political leaders around the world introduced a swath of counter-terrorist legislation and measures. Often hastily rushed in, not least to satisfy perceived public demand for a strong state response, such extraordinary laws and measures are riddled with ambiguity and trespass unashamedly on basic democratic rights. In many countries the introduction of such measures has fuelled a climate of fear and suspicion, damaging the efforts of civil society actors.

This edited volume investigates the convergence of aid and security objectives following the September 11 attacks. It explores the effects of this convergence on civil society spaces, actors and organizations and analyzes the impact of counter-terrorist legislation, measures, discourses and practices on civil societies in a range of political contexts. It proposes that the securitization of aid that was already underway in the 1990s has accelerated in the post-9/11 world. The bulk of the literature on civil society and development relates to the golden era of the 1990s. Civil Society under Strain brings the discussion into this newly altered landscape.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565492981
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jude Howell is Professor and Director of the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jeremy Lind is a Research Officer at the London School of Economics.

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Table of Contents

1) Introduction—Jude Howell and Jeremy Lind
2) UK Counter-terrorism Provision and Civil Society: Ensuring Responsibility, Ignoring Proportionality—Alison Dunn
3) “Politics as Usual”: Civil Society and Development in Spain after 9/11—Alejandro Colás
4) Counter-terrorism Measures and the NGO Section in the United States: A Hostile Environment—Kay Guinane and Suraj K. Sazawal
5) Counter-terrorism Policing in Australia: Impacts on Civil Society—Annie Pettitt
6) False Choice?: The War on Terror and Its Impact on State Policy toward Civil Society in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan—Daniel Stevens and Kanykey Jailobaeva
7) Civil Society, the “New Humanitarianism,” and the Stabilization Debate: Judging the Impact of the Afghan War—Stuart Gordon
8) Counter-terrorism Policy Post-9/11 and the Selective Impact on Civil Society: The Case of India—Jude Howell
9) Civil Society in Sri Lanka During and After the 5th Peace Process: Changing Spaces for Advocating Political Transformations and Delivering Social Welfare Post-9/11—Kristian Stokke
10) The Changing Dynamics of Civil Society and Aid in the Israel–Palestine Conflict Post-9/11—Jeremy Lind
11) Only “Civilians” Count: The Influence of GWOT Discourses on Governments’ Humanitarian Responses to “Terror”-Related Conflicts—Nirine Mansour
12) The Politics of Uganda’s Anti-terrorism Law and Its Impact on Civil Society—Joshua B. Robongoya
13) Regional Challenge, Local Response: Civil Society and Human Rights in US–Kenya Counter-terrorism Cooperation—Mutuma Ruteere and Mikewa Ogada
14) Conclusion—Jeremy Lind and Jude Howell

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