Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion, and Foreign Policy with Professor Kelly M. Greenhill

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The Solari Report 2016-02-25

“If aggression against another foreign country means that it strains its social structure, that it ruins its finances, that it has to give up its territory for sheltering refugees…what is the difference between that kind of aggression and the other type, the more classical type, when someone declares war or something of that sort?”
~ Samar Sen, India’s ambassador to the United Nations

Kelly M. Greenhill, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Security Studies at Tufts University. Her research focuses on foreign policy, the use of military force and what are frequently called “new security challenges” including:

  • Civil wars
  • The use of forced migration as a weapon
  • Intervention and (counter-) insurgency
  • International crime as a challenge to domestic governance

Professor Greenhill’s book, Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion and Foreign Policy (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs), received the 2011 International Studies Association’s Best Book of the Year Award. She is also the co-author and co-editor of Sex, Drugs and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict and the eighth edition of The Use of Force: Military Power and International Politics (R&L). She is a research fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center and is an Associate Editor of the journal International Security.

Professor Greenhill joins me this week for a profoundly insightful discussion of the growing use of mass migration as a coercive tool in international relations. Providing an overview of (56) cases between 1951 – 2006, she describes how this tactic has historically been “hidden in plain sight.” With mass migrations around the world growing rapidly, this is an aspect which is invaluable to understand.

Greenhill’s research is a serious academic effort. She has dug into the “behind the scenes” diplomacy and politics as well as the related media drama in numerous case studies. Her stories remind us that small countries are not without “weapons of war.” Indeed, her statistics indicate that mass migration has often been a more effective tactic than traditional military intervention.

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