Uncivil Society: Ideology, the Durban Strategy and Antisemitism

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Introduction

Civil society organizations are widely seen as important actors in policy making, both within countries and in the wider framework of international relations.  These non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – which are also known as third-sector organizations, non-profits, and charities – are viewed as independent of government and political considerations, and not subject to the selfish interests of the market-place and business sector.  In international issues, this NGO network is particularly influential in the areas of human rights, humanitarian aid, and related issues.  NGO reports, pres releases, and political lobbying campaigns constitute a powerful source of “soft power,” and they have a significant influence in the United Nations, the media, and academia.

 

 

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About the Author

Professor Gerald M. Steinberg

Professor Gerald M. Steinberg

Professor Gerald Steinberg is founder and president of NGO Monitor and professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. He is the founder of the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at Bar Ilan University. His research focuses on the changing nature of power in international relations, as reflected in Middle East Diplomacy and Security, The Politics of Human Rights Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and Israeli Politics and Arms Control.