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The UNHCR and World Politics: A Perilous Path

Gil Loescher


The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created over 50 years ago to be a human rights and advocacy organization. But governments also created the agency to promote regional and international stability and to serve the interest of states. Consequently, the UNHCR has always trod a perilous path between its mandate to protect refugees and asylum seekers and the demands placed upon it by states to be a relevant actor in international relations. A key focus is to examine the extent to which the evolution of the UNHCR has been framed by the crucial events of international po ... More

Keywords: asylum seekers, High Commissioners, human rights, international relations, international security, refugee policy, refugees, stability, UNHCR

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246915
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199246912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gil Loescher, author
Professor of International Relations, Department of Government and International Studies, University of Notre Dame
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