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The Global War on Terror (GWOT) has raised a host of dilemmas and challenges for development agencies and civil society actors. Funded by the ESRC under the Non-Governmental Public Action Programme (NGPA) Professor Howell and Dr Lind carried out research on the effects of the GWOT on development institutions and civil society actors. Their research covered Afghanistan, Kenya, India, USA and UK. Their findings can be found in `Counter-terrorism, Aid and Civil Society: Before and After the War on Terror’ (Palgrave, 2009) and `Civil Society Under Strain. Counter-terrorism policy, civil society and aid post-9/11’ (Kumarian Press, 2010).

Following on from this Professor Howell raised additional funds through the LSE HEIF4 to promote debate and advance thinking on these issues. This blog is part of this undertaking. The blog is aimed at the general public, academics, experts and think tanks.

Contributing blog articles

We encourage anyone who would like to submit material to do so. Submitted blog articles should be between 300 and 1300 words long and related to the general theme of the ‘War on Terror’.

Contributors may opt to submit on a one-off basis or submit a series of articles stretching over an agreed upon time period.

All submitted contributions are reviewed within 2-3 days. We may suggest some edits, revisions or links to be added and in the rare case that an article is not accepted, authors can appeal to the General Editor, Professor Jude Howell.

We are keen to include graphics, tables, charts, maps or relevant photographs where possible, but this is not essential. We are happy to advise on how to present research materials accessibly. We ask that contributors submit one or two sentences about themselves to put at the end of their submission.

To submit potential articles or for further information, email the blog managing editor, Adam Brown at

Volunteer opportunities

Anyone interested in volunteering for the blog is strongly encouraged to contact us. Volunteer positions range from conducting research to work in social media and graphic design.

To apply or for more information, contact Adam Brown at


For specific enquiries regarding the GWOT research, visit the GWOT homepage or contact the following:

Professor Jude Howell at or Dr Jeremy Lind at

For comments regarding the blog or website

Contact Adam Brown at

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