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Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are playing an increasingly prominent role throughout the world. Conflict management, environmental concerns, women's issues, democratization, human rights and the development of civil society are just a few of the areas in which NGOs are currently working. Reaffirming the enormous role being played by NGOs, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Medecins Sans Frontieres, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and Amnesty International, among other notable organizations. Often acting where states can or will not, NGOs are regularly the first on the scene. And as NGOs proliferate and mature, academics and policy makers are now examining their successes and failures, lending a more nuanced view to the study of NGOs.

This month CIAO examines the complex role of NGOs in today's global affairs.

From CIAO's database:

The Interrelationship Between the Evolution of Civil Society and Progress in Regional Security: The Case of the Balkans

Democracy Assistance and NGO Strategies in Post-Communist Societies

Promise and Failure: Environmental NGOs and Palestinian-Israeli Cooperation

NGOs and an Emerging Form of Peacemaking: Post-Westphalian Approaches

Outside Links*:

Institute of Development Studies

Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society

Centre for the Study of Global Governance

The UN on NGOs and Civil Society

The EU on NGOs

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

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