August 2008: Refugees and the Displaced

Introduction to the Month's Focal PieceAnnotation of

“Still knocking, as the doors close.” The Economist. June 19, 2008.

~ The Editors


Sonia CardenasWho Counts? Refugees and the Politics of Indifference
by Sonia Cardenas

"Challenging the politics of indifference towards refugees further requires exposing narratives of fear and animosity, or hidden assumptions about who counts as a full and equal human being.”


Daniel J. GraeberSocial Contract in a Borderless World
by Daniel J. Graeber

"Given the declining world economy and the global uptick in violence, it is no wonder the issue is in the spotlight. Extending the social contract to outsiders in the name of philanthropy would make Milton Friedman stand up in his grave.”


Eric K. LeonardAppealing to the Realist Nature of the Problem: An Attempt to Find Common Ground
by Eric K. Leonard

"But [my students] are aware of the complexity of the problem and the need to view all issues, even those of a seemingly liberal, global governance-laden human rights perspective, from all angles. And they begin to realize that the protection of human rights, on a universal scale, may actually be in their national interest."

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