Using real-world examples and in-depth case studies, Forced Migration and Global Politics systematically applies International Relations theory to explore the international politics of forced migration. Provides an accessible and thought-provoking introduction to the main debates and concepts in international relations and examines their relevance for understanding forced migration Utilizes a wide-range of real-world examples and in-depth case studies, including the harmonization of EU asylum and immigration policy and the securitization of asylum since 9/11 Explores the relevance of cutting-edge debates in international relations to forced migration
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. International Relations Theories 2. Sovereignty and the State System 3. Security 4. International Cooperation 5. Global Governance 6. North–South Relations and the International Political Economy 7. Globalization 8. Regionalism Bibliography Index
“It is a superb example of academic erudition at its best. For several decades, students have trawled through international relations theories but how many have applied them to such pressing contemporary global issues? For teachers of forced migration studies, this will be an invaluable resource. Forced Migration and Global Politics should be required reading for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.” (Journal of Intercultural Studies, 21 February 2013)
Alexander Betts is Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Global Migration Governance Project. He has written extensively on the international politics of refugee protection and migration, most recently co-authoring UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection into the Twenty-First Century with Gil Loescher and James Milner (2008).
Throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, millions of people have been forced to flee their homes. The causes and consequences of this and international responses to displacement lie at the very heart of world politics; however, these important issues have been largely neglected by its primary discipline: International Relations. Redressing this gap, the book systematically applies International Relations (IR) theory to the international politics of forced migration. This represents the first textbook to merge conceptual tools of IR with empirical data on forced migration. It explains the central debates and concepts of IR – International Relations theories, sovereignty and statehood, security, international cooperation, global governance, global North–South relations, globalization, and regionalism – and highlights their relevance to forced migration. Using examples and in-depth case studies, Forced Migration and Global Politics adopts a ground-breaking approach to offer valuable insights to an issue of increasing complexity and importance in today's world.
"A book of stunning breadth, analyzing past and ongoing efforts, both theoretical and practical, to understand and address the blight of forced migration." –Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor and Director, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The CUNY Graduate Center "Forced Migration and Global Politics represents the first serious attempt to apply the tools of international relations to study the global politics of forced migration. While written as a textbook for undergraduate students the volume should be of much interest to senior scholars and policy makers interested in the politics of forced migration." –Bhupinder Chimni, Jawaharlal Nehru University