Book Launch: The Arc of Protection

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The New School, Starr Foundation Hall (Room UL102), 63 Fifth Avenue


Leah Zamore, director of the Humanitarian Crises Program at New York University's Center on International Cooperation (CIC) and T. Alexander Aleinikoff, director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School, will mark the release of their new book, The Arc of Protection: Reforming the International Refugee Regime, with a discussion moderated by journalist and CIC Non-Resident Fellow James Traub.

About the Book:

The international refugee regime is fundamentally broken. Designed in the wake of World War II to ;provide protection and assistance, the system is unable to address the record numbers of persons displaced by conflict and violence today. 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 host communities. T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Leah Zamore lay bare the 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 their borders by states. This book offers a way out of the current international morass through refocusing on responsibility-sharing, seeing the humanitarian-development divide in a new light, and putting refugee rights front and center.

RSVP Information: 

Please RSVP via this form by 5:00pm on December 2.

About the authors and moderator:

T. Alexander Aleinikoff is Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School and co-directs the Experts Group on Global Refugee Policy. Before coming to The New School, Alex served as United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees (2010-15).

Leah Zamore directs the Humanitarian Crises program at New York University's Center on International Cooperation (CIC). She also co-directs the Experts Group on Global Refugee Policy and is a member of the board of Asylum Access, a refugee legal protection NGO.

James Traub is a CIC Non-Resident Fellow, journalist, and scholar specializing in international affairs. He is a columnist and contributor to Foreign Policy and frequently writes for publications such as the New York Times. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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