Maze of Fear: Security and Migration After 9/11

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The roster of security measures enacted by the Bush administration in the panic that followed September 11th is by now well known. Common to all of those initiatives from The Homeland Security Presidential Directive 2 to the USA Patriot Actis concern about the link between migration and security.

This new appreciation of how people on the move pose a threat—whether real or imagined—will be a recurring theme of domestic policy and international relations for years to come. But the “securitization of migration” must first confront a perplexing tangle of long borders, large-scale labor migration, and throngs of tourist and student visitors. Policy makers are only beginning to catch up with this complicated reality.

Raising vital questions about government policy, The Maze of Fear explores the many dimensions of the migration–security link, including discussions of civil liberties, transnational organizations, refugee populations, and politically active diasporas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565849167
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Tirman is a program director at the Social Science Research Council. He is the author of The Fallacy of Star Wars and Spoils of War, and has published articles in the the New York Times, the Washington Post, Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, and the International Herald Tribune. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : the movement of people and the security of states 1
Empire through diasporic eyes : a view from the other boat 17
Displacement, diaspora mobilization, and transnational cycles of political violence 45
The return of the state? Financial reregulation in the pursuit of national security after September 11 59
9/11 : insinuating constitutional and international norms 76
The immigrant as threat to American security : a historical perspective 87
Governance, immigration policy, and security : Canada and the United States post-9/11 109
Praetorian passages : Central Asia at the edge of war 131
Migration and security as an issue in U.S.-European relations 142
War against havens for terrorism : examining a new presidential doctrine 155
Globalization, low-intensity conflict, and protracted statelessness/refugeehood : The plight of the Rohingyas 169
The Jewish question : the old and the new 195
The impact of the September 11 attacks on Arab and Muslim community in the United States 215
IR theory and epochal events : between paradigm shifts and business-as-usual 240
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