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The Rise and Decline of a Global Security Actor: UNHCR, Refugee Protection and Security

Anne Hammerstad


This book investigates the rise of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a global security actor, following the refugee agency through some of the past two decades’ major conflict-induced humanitarian crises and complex emergencies, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo and eastern Zaire/Congo. It analyses UNHCR’s momentous transformation from a small, timid legal protection agency to the world’s foremost humanitarian actor playing a central role in the international response to the many wars of the tumultuous last decade of the twentieth century. Then, as the twen ... More

Keywords: UNHCR, security, humanitarianism, refugees, asylum seekers, conflict, war, complex emergencies, discourse, 9/11

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199213085
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213085.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Hammerstad, author
Lecturer in International Relations, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent