Uncivil Society: Ideology, the Durban Strategy and Antisemitism
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.