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New From CFR: Ask CFR Experts

by Development Channel Staff
March 19, 2013

A civil society activist wearing a mask with the face of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich takes part in a street protest against the participation of Ukraine in the Eurasian Customs Union held outside the Presidential administration building in Kiev, December 17, 2012 (Anatolii Stepanov/Courtesy Reuters). A civil society activist wearing a mask with the face of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich takes part in a street protest against the participation of Ukraine in the Eurasian Customs Union held outside the Presidential administration building in Kiev, December 17, 2012 (Anatolii Stepanov/Courtesy Reuters).

Last month, the Council on Foreign Relations introduced a new feature, Ask CFR Experts, that invites the public to submit questions to CFR scholars. In today’s answer, CFR’s Terra Lawson-Remer proposes ways for international organizations to bolster civil society groups in developing countries. As she explains:

…supporting civil society from the outside is riddled with danger. When international actors get involved in the domestic affairs of other countries they risk upsetting complex power dynamics and promoting autocrats. This meddling can also incite a backlash against perceived imperialism.

Previous questions and answers have addressed such topics as Mexico’s drug cartels, the health effects of climate change, challenges facing the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and U.S. assistance to Egypt. You can find the whole series here. We welcome your questions, especially those about the development issues discussed on the Development Channel. Submit a question via this form.

 

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