Refugees in International Relations


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Oxford University Press, page(s): 328

Dec 2010

refugees in internaitonal relations

" 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 

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. Refugees in International Relations 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, Refugees in International Relations 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. 


  1. "Refugees in International Relations", Alexander Betts and Gil Loescher 
  2. "Realism, Refugees, and Strategies of Humanitarianism", Jack Snyder 
  3. "International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime", Alexander Betts 
  4. "Refugees, International Society, and Global Order", Andrew Hurrell 
  5. "Humanitarianism, Paternalism, and the UNHCR", Michael Barnett 
  6. "Beyond 'Bare Life': Refugees and the 'Right to Have Rights'", Patricia Owens 
  7. "The Only Thinkable Figure? Ethical and Normative Approaches to Refugees in International Relations", Chris Brown 
  8. "Feminist Geopolitics Meets Refugee Studies", Jennifer Hyndman 
  9. "'Global' Governance of Forced Migration", Sophia Benz and Andreas Hasenclever 
  10. "Refugees and Military Intervention", Adam Roberts 
  11. "UNHCR and the Securitization of Forced Migration", Anne Hammerstad 
  12. "Refugees, Peacebuilding, and the Regional Dynamics of Conflict", James Milner 
  13. "Post-conflict Statebuilding and Forced Migration", Dominik Zaum
  14. "Forced Migration in the International Political Economy", Sarah Collinson
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