The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection, 2nd Edition

By Alexander Betts, Gil Loescher, James Milner

© 2011 – Routledge

194 pages

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About the Book

This revised and expanded second edition of The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) continues to offer a concise and comprehensive introduction to both the world of refugees and the organizations that protect and assist them. This updated edition also includes:

  • up to date coverage of the UNHCR’s most recent history and policy developments
  • evaluation of new thinking on issues such as working in UN integrated operations and within the UN peacebuilding commission
  • assessment of the UNHCR’s record of working for IDP’s (internally displaced persons)
  • discussion of the politics of protection and its implications for the work of the UNHCR
  • outline of the new challenges for the agency including environmental refugees, victims of natural disasters and survival migrants.

Written by experts in the field, this is one of the very few books to trace the relationship between state interests, global politics, and the work of the UNHCR. This book will appeal to students, scholars, practitioners, and readers with an interest in international relations.

Reviews

Praise for previous edition:

'An important contribution' – Claudia Seymour, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The origins of international concern for refugees 2. UNHCR in the Cold War, 1950-1991 3. UNHCR in the post-Cold War Era 4. The politics and practice of UNHCR’s mandate 5. UNHCR as a global institution 6. New Challenges Conclusion: Towards the future

About the Authors

Alexander Betts is University Lecturer in Refugee Studies and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. He has worked at UNHCR headquarters and is the author of Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (2009).

Gil Loescher is Visiting Professor, Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several books on refugees and international relations, including The UNHCR and World Politics (2001).

Alexander Betts is University Lecturer in Refugee Studies and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. He has worked at UNHCR headquarters and is the author of Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (2009).

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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PHILOSOPHY / General
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / General