Civil society, challenged to act in conflict areas Written by Tom Fries on May 23, 2011. Published in Learning to share on Asia. The Economist recently wrote on the Sri Lankan conflict and civil society: “keep quiet and carry on”. read more Tags: accountability, Civil Society, Conflicts, CSO, Good Governance, human rights, NGOs, southeast asia, United Nations Tom Fries Erstwhile neuroscientist ('97-'00), rowing coach ('99-'10), business student ('07-'09) and cupcake entrepreneur ('09). Now enjoying international work in the Germany and Washington offices of one of Germany's most prominent think tanks.