CRS Seminar: Power and Influence in the Global Refugee Regime

September 23, 2015 @ 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
305 York Lanes, York University
York Lanes
York University, North York, ON M3J 2S5
Michele Millard
(416) 736-2100 (ext 30391)

‘Power and Influence in the Global Refugee Regime’

Speaker:                              James Milner, Carleton University

Chair:                                     Daniel McNeil, Carleton University

Discussants:                       Alexander Betts, University of Oxford

Susan Kneebone, University of Melbourne

Jessie Thomson, CARE Canada

William Walters, Carleton University

Moderator: Johanna Reynolds, CRS Summer Course Coordinator, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

While the functioning of a ‘global refugee regime’ has been recognized for decades, our understanding of the functioning of the regime lacks analytical and theoretical clarity. In fact, we know surprisingly little about how different actors influence the regime, both in terms of the decisions it makes at the global level and the ability to implement these decisions in local contexts. While a range of actors seek influence, how do we understand the factors that determine their ability to influence the regime? How do we observe or measure influence? What are the mechanisms of influence? Are there different forms of power at the global and local levels? The workshop background paper will propose answers to these questions and present a framework for understanding power and influence in the global refugee regime.