Progressives, Pluralists, and the Problems of the State : Ideologies of Reform in the United States and Britain, 1909-1926
Refugee policy has not kept pace with new realities in international and humanitarian affairs. Recent policy failures have resulted in instability, terrible hardships and massive loss of life. This book systematically analyzes developments in humanitarian action and refugee policy responses over the past decade, and calls for specific reforms to make policy more proactive and comprehensive.
Refugee policy must be more than the administration of misery. Responses should be calculated to help prevent or mitigate future humanitarian catastrophes. More international cooperation is needed in advance of crises. Humanitarian structures within governments, notably the United States, as well as the wide variety of international institutions involved in humanitarian action must be re-oriented to cope with these new challenges.
This book is the first effort to assemble the refugee policy lessons of the past decade, including the comparative treatment of audacious efforts to deploy military forces for humanitarian purposes and ambitious efforts to build new states in connection with refugee return. It makes recommendations to improve international responses to population displacements, including the protection of the internally displaced and the development of justice packages comprising police, lawyers, judges and prison authorities in post-crisis situations. Particular recommendations are made to establish a single agency for humanitarian action with the U.S. government. Internationally, the consolidation of the humanitarian components of the United Nations is urged, and the book proposes the creation of a new strategic research facility located outside of the UN system to help fill the gaps in humanitarian action.
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March 01, 2006
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