"Kilis is one of the cleanest, most humane, most efficiently run refugee camps in history. And therein may lie the problem."
"[N]ot all the refugees who have arrived in Zaatari want to live in the camp, with its common toilets and kitchens, disease and crowding. As a result, the sleepy village that is home to 12,000 Jordanians has been transformed by the arrival of several thousand refugees."
"One of the misconceptions about the Syrian refugee crisis is that it mainly involves people in large camps, above all in Jordan and Turkey....But according to UN figures, a full three quarters of the Syrian refugee population throughout the region are surviving on their own in towns and rural areas."
"Refugee camps are born of emergency and evolve into cities of dependency, bureaucracy, and static suffering. They rescue human beings, and then they warehouse them. They relieve the host country of the financial burden and diffuse it among the member states of the United Nations."
Marcus Noland outlines two recent surveys of North Korean refugees in China and South Korea which found, not surprisingly, that North Koreans privately hold highly critical views of the regime and are rather miserable.
Abigail Hauslohner of Time details the plight of Somali refugees in Yemen.
Darfur online forum features a debate between Sudan experts Alex De Waal and John Prendergast.
This research note from the Washington Institute concerns the growing Iraqi refugee crisis in Jordan. It says that the trickle of Iraqis seeking haven from the 2003 coalition invasion has become a torrent, straining social services, and aggravating economic and environmental problems such as unemployment, inflation, and water shortages.
This report from the International Committee of the Red Cross says that the humanitarian situation in Iraq is steadily worsening and it is affecting, directly or indirectly, all Iraqis.
David Rieff argues that Darfur demands a consensus from the international community on the topic of military intervention. David Rieff believes that humanitarian intervention in Darfur carries greater risks and costs than "human rightists" are willing to recognize.
Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, Barry Bearak writes on the war in Afghanistan.
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As the world remembers Nelson Mandela, Gayle Lemmon calls on the United States to live by Mandela's legacy and focus its diplomatic energy on humanitarian assistance as well as foreign policy.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses the current situation in Afghanistan, where more Afghans are seeking asylum now than at any time since war in Afghanistan began.
Max Boot writes that Israel cannot ignore Hamas' attacks, but also cannot do what it takes to defeat the enemy because of constraints imposed by its own public.
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The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
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