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Refugees in International Relations
     

Refugees in International Relations

by Alexander Betts
 

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Refugees lie at the heart of world politics. The causes and consequences of, and responses to, human displacement are intertwined with many of the core concerns of International Relations. Yet, scholars of International Relations have generally bypassed the study of refugees, and Forced Migration Studies has generally bypassed insights from International Relations.

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Refugees lie at the heart of world politics. The causes and consequences of, and responses to, human displacement are intertwined with many of the core concerns of International Relations. Yet, scholars of International Relations have generally bypassed the study of refugees, and Forced Migration Studies has generally bypassed insights from International Relations. This volume therefore represents an attempt to bridge the divide between these disciplines, and to place refugees within the mainstream of International Relations. Drawing together the work and ideas of a combination of the world's leading and emerging International Relations scholars, the volume considers what ideas from International Relations can offer our understanding of the international politics of forced migration. The insights draw from across the theoretical spectrum of International Relations from realism to critical theory to feminism, covering issues including international cooperation, security, and the international political economy. They engage with some of the most challenging political and practical questions in contemporary forced migration, including peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction, and statebuilding. The result is a set of highly original chapters, yielding not only new concepts of wider relevance to International Relations but also insights for academics, policy-makers, and practitioners working on forced migration in particular and humanitarianism in general.

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"Refugees in International Relations shows that strategic and institutional thinking are essential to understand the causes of forced migration, its consequences, and appropriate policy responses. It has a valuable and important central theme: refugee issues are inherently political."—Robert O. Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191625138
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
11/04/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Alexander Betts is Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Global Migration Governance Project. His research focuses on the international politics of migration and refugee protection, and his recent books include Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (Cornell University Press, 2009), Forced Migration and Global Politics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), and UNHCR: the Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection into the Twenty-First Century (with Gil Loescher and James Milner, Routledge 2008). He has previously worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Gil Loescher is Visiting Professor at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. He was Professor of International Relations at the University of Notre Dame and has held positions at Princeton University, LSE, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, UNHCR, and the Department of Humanitarian Affairs at the US State Department in Washington, D.C. He has published numerous works on refugees, human rights, and conflict and security, most recently including UNHCR in World Politics: A Perilous Path (Oxford University Press, 2001), UNHCR: the Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection into the Twenty-First Century (Routledge 2008), and Protracted Refugee Situations: Politics, Human Rights and Security Dimensions (United Nations University Press, 2008).

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