The Arc of Protection

Leah Zamore and I are working on a book, tentatively titled The Arc of Protection. Our central concern is the failure of the Convention to establish a robust system of international burden-sharing, which has been a primary cause of protracted refugee situations. The book adopts a revisionist view of the Refugee Convention and of the system of international protection for displaced persons. We argue for expanding the category of persons to whom international protection should be extended, establishing new structures for action and accountability that would link humanitarian and development actors (outside the UN system), and recognizing “solutions” that go beyond the state-based concept of membership.