A January 2010 book is the first comprehensive examination of the restrictive and punitive impact from counterterrorism legislation on nonprofits since 9/11. Civil Society Under Strain; Counter-Terrorism Policy, Civil Society and Aid Post 9/11 (Kumarian Press) describes the threats organizations conducting humanitarian operations around the world are subjected to by unjust or overbroad anti-terror laws.
Each chapter is authored by nonprofit experts or scholars, presenting the common, shared and unique challenges for nonprofits in countries such as the United States, Sri Lanka, Australia and former Soviet republics like Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The chapter describing counterproductive counterterrorism laws that restrict U.S. nonprofits is written by Kay Guinane and Suraj K. Sazawal of the Charity and Security Network. The book was edited by Jude Howell and Jeremy Lind, both distinguished researchers at the London School of Economics.
- Part 1 reviews and analyzes the flaws underlying the legal counter-terrorism regime;
- Part 2 describes the negative and disproportionate influence U.S. anti-terror policy has had in other countries and details how it conflicts with international law, including the Geneva Conventions;
- Part 3 focuses on the impact on domestic nonprofits and on the people they serve; and
- Part 4 talks about the political context and suggests a shift towards possible reforms.