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

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Political Science - 314 pages
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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Arthur C. Helton is a Senior Fellow for Refugee Studies and Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations, New York.

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