The UNHCR and World Politics

The UNHCR and World Politics : A perilious path

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More 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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  • Hardback | 446 pages
  • 159 x 237 x 33mm | 840g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0198297165
  • 9780198297161

Table of contents

1: The UNHCR at 50: State Pressures and Institutional Autonomy. 2: International Recognition of Refugees. 3: The Cold War Origins of the UNHCR under Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart. 4: The Emerging Independence of the UNHCR under Auguste Lindt. 5: 'The Good Offices' and Expansion into Africa under Felix Schnyder. 6: The Global Expansion of the UNHCR under Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. 7: The New Cold War and the UNCHR under Poul Hartling. 8: The UNHCR's 'New Look', Financial Crisis, and Collapse of Morale under Jean-Pierre Hocke and Thorvald Stoltenberg. 9: The Post-Cold War Era and the UNHCR under Sadako Ogata. 10: Towards the Future: the UNHCR in the Twenty-First Century
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