The UNHCR and World Politics
A Perilious Path
By (author) Gil Loescher
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UNHCR and World Politics by Gil Loescher
Book DescriptionMore than 50 years ago, governments established the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to protect the world's refugees. The UNHCR was created to be a human rights and advocacy organization, but governments also created the agency to promote regional and international stability and to serve the interests of states. Consequently, the UNHCR has always trod a perilous path between its mandate to protect refugees and asylum seekers and the demands placed upon it by states to be a relevant actor in world politics. This is an independent history of the UNHCR. Gil Loescher, one of the world's leading experts on refugee affairs, draws upon decades of personal experience and research to examine the origins and evolution of the UNHCR as well as to identify many of the major challenges facing the organization in the years ahead. A key focus is to examine the extent to which the evolution of the UNHCR has been framed by the crucial events of international politics during the past half century and how, in turn, the actions of the eight past High Commissioners have helped shape the course of world history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198297161
(237mm x 159mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gil Loescher
Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Paperback (June 2016)
This authoritative Handbook critically evaluates the birth and development of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, and analyses the key contemporary and future challenges faced by academics and practitioners working with and for forcibly displaced populations around the world.
Refugees in International Relations, Hardback (November 2010)
Drawing together the work and ideas of a combination of the world's leading and emerging International Relations scholars, Refugees in International Relations provides a comprehensive and challenging overview of the international politics of forced migration.
Problems of Protection, Hardback (May 2003)» View all books by Gil Loescher
Of all the humanitarian impulses in world politics today, one of the most widely recognized is the need to protect refugees, yet, as this book shows, this issue is frequently fraught with political confusion and contradiction.
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