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UNHCR and the Global Cold War: Article Published in the "Transatlantic Studies Association Newsletter"

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UNHCR and the Global Cold War, 1971-1984

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Cold War - refugee - UNHCR


Created in 1950 to solve the problem of European refugees in the wake of World War II, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has subsequently grown to become a global operation that currently addresses the needs of over 20 million people. Beginning in the 1970s, the UNHCR experienced a sudden expansion in its role in the developing world, where largescale humanitarian crises set in motion an evolution of norms and standard setting with regard to refugee law and exposed the organization to new challenges.


UNHCR and the Global Cold War, 1971-1984
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