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    Dangerous Sanctuaries: Refugee Camps, Civil War, and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Sarah Kenyon Lischer

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    DescriptionSince the early 1990s, refugee crises in the Balkans, Central Africa, the Middle East, and West Africa have led to the international spread of civil war. In Central Africa alone, more than three million people have died in wars fueled, at least in part, by internationally supported refugee populations. The recurring pattern of violent refugee crises prompts the following questions: Under what conditions do refugee crises lead to the spread of civil war across borders? How can refugee relief organizations respond when militants use humanitarian assistance as a tool of war? What government actions can prevent or reduce conflict? To understand the role of refugees in the spread of conflict, Sarah Kenyon Lischer systematically compares violent and nonviolent crises involving Afghan, Bosnian, and Rwandan refugees. Lischer argues against the conventional socioeconomic explanations for refugee-related violence abysmal living conditions, proximity to the homeland, and the presence of large numbers of bored young men. Lischer instead focuses on the often-ignored political context of the refugee crisis. She suggests that three factors are crucial: the level of the refugees' political cohesion before exile, the ability and willingness of the host state to prevent military activity, and the contribution, by aid agencies and outside parties, of resources that exacerbate conflict. Lischer's political explanation leads to policy prescriptions that are sure to be controversial: using private security forces in refugee camps or closing certain camps altogether. With no end in sight to the brutal wars that create refugee crises, Dangerous Sanctuaries is vital reading for anyone concerned with how refugee flows affect the dynamics of conflicts around the world."

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    Dangerous Sanctuaries
    Refugee Camps, Civil War, and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarah Kenyon Lischer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 222
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801473418
    ISBN 10: 0801473411

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: JFFD
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T General Subject: 650
    BISAC V2.8: POL019000, POL012000, POL043000, POL035010
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    LC classification: JZ
    BISAC V2.8: SOC040000
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    DC22: 362.878
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    New edition
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    1st New edition
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    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    05 October 2006
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    "Sarah Kenyon Lischer takes a vexing problem, violence and refugee crises, and provides a clear, compelling analysis of what can be done about it. Dangerous Sanctuaries is a model of policy relevant research." Stephen John Stedman, Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University"