The Price of Indifference: Refugees and Humanitarian Action in the New Century

Paperback | May 1, 2002

byArthur C. Helton

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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 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 o international institutions involved in humanitarian action must be re-oriented to cope with new challenges.

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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 refugee policy responses over the past decade and calls for specific reforms to make policy more proactive an...

Arthur C. Helton is a Senior Fellow for Refugee Studies and Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations, New York.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:326 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:May 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199250316

ISBN - 13:9780199250318

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Why refugees matter3. The last decade's refugee story4. Humanitarian action and new complexities in refugee protection: the former Yugoslavia5. Surmounting indifference: refugees and the new statecraft6. Varieties of refugee concerns: the beginnings of a policy tool box7. Imagining better refugee policy8. International bureaucracy and the debasement of mercy9. Reaction and inattention within the US Government10. Achieving comprehensive and proactive refugee policyConclusion

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" [A] fascinating book ... [which] relates also to the future ....I will profit from this book in preparing for 2004, ... [when] the General Assembly of the United Nations has to decide how to go on with UNHCR, with what mandate, with what funding." Ruud Lubbers, United Nations HighCommissioner for Refugees