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The Price of IndifferenceRefugees and Humanitarian Action in the New Century$
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Arthur C. Helton

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250316.001.0001

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Surmounting Indifference: Refugees and the New Statecraft

Surmounting Indifference: Refugees and the New Statecraft

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The Price of Indifference

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Several broad trends provide the context for current refugee policy responses. The debate over national sovereignty and humanitarian intervention, while not new, reached a crescendo over the past decade as refugees and population movements more generally necessarily diminished the exclusive prerogative of state sovereignty relating to border control in the modern world. Europe is a fertile setting for the development of regional capacities that can blend military and civilian responses to humanitarian crises, both within and outside Europe, including at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Yet, the difficulty of protecting and assisting internally displaced persons, continues to raise basic questions about the competence of the international system and the implementation mechanisms for human rights and humanitarian law. International migration provides the broad context for the evolution of refugee policy.

Keywords:   Europe, human rights law, humanitarian intervention, humanitarian law, internally displaced persons, international migration, national sovereignty, NATO, refugee policy, regional capacities

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