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The Limitations of Mainstream International Relations Theories for Understanding the Politics of Forced Migration

Lecture at Centre for International Studies, Oxford University, 27 October 2008

Project at Oxford University for undertaking a very timely and worthwhile project, which addresses a major gap not only in the field of “refugee studies” or “forcedmigr ation studies (FMS)”, but also has a potential to address some critical gaps  ininternational relations theory. I am not a scholar of forced migration/refugee studies. But as a student of international relations with a special interest in extending the concerns and frontiers of IR theory, I am really delighted to have this opportunity to reflect on the topic of forced migration and how it fits within our available frameworks of IR theory.