SA650 712 - Global Forced Migration: Human Rights and State Sovereignty

This course explores contemporary issues in refugee and migration policy through the competing lenses of international human rights and the state's construction of national interest. The class provides an introduction to the role of displaced persons in state formation; the concepts of refugee, migrant, and internally displaced person; and the evolution of rules and institutions regarding forced migration. Through historical and contemporary case studies (e.g., Syria, SE Asia), we consider the relative success or failure of global, regional and national attempts to address forced migration. We look at how refugees and migrants have been both used and perceived as security threats (e.g. Kosovo, DRC). We examine the risks facing the displaced today and in the future, and consider the implications of US and other nations' immigration policies for the growing migration challenge. Students will participate in an international negotiation exercise seeking solutions to forced migration in the 21st Click here to see evaluations, syllabi, and faculty bios
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