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

Jude Howell and Jeremy Lind, editors
Civil Society Under Strain: Counter-Terrorism Policy, Civil Society, and Aid Post-9/11
ISBN: 978-1-56549-298-1
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2009/308 pages/LC: 2009027447
A Kumarian Press Book
"An impressive range of contributions ... results in a serious study that points to some of the most unexpected and least recognized consequences of the war on terror."—Paul Rogers, University of Bradford

"Presents a compelling case for the need to understand the connections between the global security agenda and national and local politics. The summative message of this critically important collection is that across different country contexts the so-called 'war on terror' has ricocheted through civil society organizations in ways that are actually and potentially damaging to state-society relations and to international development."—Jo Beall, University of Cape Town

"Offers careful, scrupulous analyses of a subject that might have inspired shrill, emotional responses: damaging intrusions by governments on civil society in several countries since 9/11."—James Manor, University of London


As they investigate the convergence of security and development objectives following the attacks of September 11, 2001—in particular as this relates to civil society—the authors focus on four themes: the intersection of the "war on terror" regime and national politics, the increasing regulation of civil society, attempts to co-opt parts of civil society into security and counterterrorist agendas, and the use of aid and international development policy to further broader security objectives.


Jude Howell (1956-2022) was professor of international development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Jeremy Lind is a research officer at LSE.


  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • UK Counter-terrorism Provision and Civil Society: Ensuring Responsibility, Ignoring Proportionality—A. Dunn.
  • "Politics as Usual": Civil Society and Development in Spain after 9/11—A. Colás.
  • Counter-terrorism Measures and the NGO Section in the United States: A Hostile Environment—K. Guinane and S.K. Sazawal.
  • Counter-terrorism Policing in Australia: Impacts on Civil Society—A. Pettitt.
  • False Choice?: The War on Terror and Its Impact on State Policy toward Civil Society in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan—D. Stevens and K. Jailobaeva.
  • Civil Society, the “New Humanitarianism,” and the Stabilization Debate: Judging the Impact of the Afghan War—S. Gordon.
  • Counter-terrorism Policy Post-9/11 and the Selective Impact on Civil Society: The Case of India—J. Howell.
  • 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—J. Lind.
  • Only "Civilians" Count: The Influence of GWOT Discourses on Governments’ Humanitarian Responses to “Terror”-Related Conflicts—N. Mansour.
  • The Politics of Uganda’s Anti-terrorism Law and Its Impact on Civil Society—J.B. Rubongoya.
  • Regional Challenge, Local Response: Civil Society and Human Rights in Us–Kenya Counter-terrorism Cooperation—M. Ruteere and M. Ogada.
  • Conclusion—J. Lind and J. Howell.