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The UNHCR and World PoliticsA Perilous Path$
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Gil Loescher

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246912.001.0001

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The Emerging Independence of the UNHCR Under Auguste Lindt

The Emerging Independence of the UNHCR Under Auguste Lindt

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The UNHCR and World Politics

Gil Loescher (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Two political events at the centre of world politics in the mid‐ to late‐1950s—the Hungarian Revolution and the subsequent intervention by the USSR and the Algerian War of National Independence against France—transformed the UNHCR. The roles played by the second UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Auguste Lindt, in both refugee crises resulted in fundamental changes in UNHCR's orientation and its international reputation. The crises in Hungary and Algeria constituted a bridgehead leading to future institutional growth and autonomy for the UNHCR. The UNHCR also expanded into the developing world through programmes assisting refugees from The Peoples Republic of China in Hong Kong and Tibetan refugees.

Keywords:   Algerian War of Independence, China, France, Hong Kong, Hungarian Revolution, Auguste Lindt, refugees, Tibet, UNHCR, USSR

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