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'Global War on Terror': non-governmental public action and aid

The aim of this research project is to describe and analyse the effects of the post-9/11 global security regime on development policy and practice and non-governmental public action, especially relating to marginalised and vulnerable groups.

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The project explored these issues through case studies of Afghanistan, India, Kenya as well as further fieldwork in the USA, Denmark and the UK.

Key findings

  • The post-9/11 global 'War on Terror' regime has brought non-governmental public actors further into the gaze of security institutions, affecting civil society in two key ways. First, it tries to harness the "good" parts of civil society into its counter-terrorist agenda and in doing so, creates opportunities for some civil society actors to engage with political elites in new ways. Second, it seeks to monitor and restrict presumed "bad" parts of civil society.
  • The post-9/11 global war on terror regime has deepened and intensified relations between development and security actors. Specifically the interlocking of development and security has now extended beyond the confines of conflict and post-conflict settings to development in general.
  • Counter-terrorism measures have galvanised new advocacy and networking in civil society, especially within Muslim communities that have been most under pressure of the war on terror regime.
  • How the effects of the post-9/11 war on terror regime unfold varies according to a combination of contextual factors, including the nature of the political regime, the relative strategic importance of a particular country to US and allies interests in the war on terror and the responses of civil society actors.

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