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Syrian refugees in Turkey are pawns in a geopolitical game

Cihan Tugal, associate professor, sociology | February 17, 2016

In September 2015, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, alarmingly prophesied: “We are talking about millions of potential refugees trying to reach Europe, not thousands.” In a short space of time his worries were confirmed. Today, Europe’s best bet against the mounting crisis seems to be to deploy the new regime in Turkey, … Continue reading »

Why don’t refugees fly?

Beverly Crawford, Professor emerita, Political Science and International and Area Studies | February 11, 2016

On Feb. 11, 2016, efforts to stop refugees from entering the safety of the European Union were militarized. The NATO alliance will immediately move three warships to the Aegean Sea to stop the flow of refugees to Europe. “This is not about stopping or pushing back refugee boats,” NATO’s commander assured us, but rather “to help … Continue reading »

Why the rift between Eastern and Western Europe on the refugee crisis?

Gérard Roland, E. Morris Cox professor of economics and professor of political science | September 9, 2015

It has been hard not to notice in recent days the difference in attitude between European Union member states on solidarity towards the refugees crisis in Europe. Germany and Sweden have decided to show solidarity. Demonstrations in various European countries have shown a welcoming attitude towards the refugees from war zones in Syria and elsewhere. … Continue reading »

Central American Children on the US Border Deserve More

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | July 16, 2014

The first plane has landed in Honduras, carrying women and children deported from the US earlier this week. Press coverage notes that “U.S. officials said there would be many more.” The L.A. Times report goes on to note that “More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have sought permission to remain” in the US. And an editorial … Continue reading »