The Arc of Protection: Reforming the International Refugee Regime
With Leah Zamore, Director of the Humanitarian Crises program at NYU's Center on International Cooperation.
The presentation will center on her recently-released book of the same name.
About the book: Even before COVID-19, the international refugee regime was fundamentally broken. Designed in the wake of World War II to provide protection and assistance, the system has been unable to address the record numbers of persons displaced by conflict and violence in recent years. States have put up fences and adopted policies to deny, deter, and detain asylum seekers. People recognized as refugees are routinely denied rights guaranteed by international law. The results are dismal for the millions of refugees around the world who are left with slender prospects to rebuild their lives or contribute to their host communities. The coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated their plight. Nearly every country on earth has closed their borders to foreigners; few have maintained exemptions for those fleeing conflict and violence.
In their new book, T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Leah Zamore lay bare this underlying global crisis of responsibility. The Arc of Protection adopts a revisionist and critical perspective that examines the original premises of the international refugee regime. Aleinikoff and Zamore identify compromises at the founding of the system that attempted to balance humanitarian ideals and sovereign control of borders by states. The book offers a way out of the current international morass through refocusing on responsibility-sharing and putting refugee rights front and center.
This event will be held online on Zoom. RSVP to tinyurl.com/BCZamore and a Zoom link will be sent out before the event.
RSVP to tinyurl.com/BCZamore and a Zoom link will be sent out before the event.
Wednesday, October 14 at 12:00pmVirtual Event