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The Uneasy Alliance: Religion, Refugee Work, And U.S. Foreign Policy
The Uneasy Alliance: Religion, Refugee Work, And U.S. Foreign Policy
By J. Bruce Nichols
Oxford, 1988, 337 pp.

Voluntary agencies, especially those with church connections, have been partners with the U.S. government in the massive programs for the relief and resettlement of refugees since World War II. Not always comfortable partners, since the foreign-policy and security interests of the government have sometimes clashed with the humanitarian purposes of the churches. This has been especially so in the last two decades, with the flood of refugees from troubled areas in Asia and Latin America-not unrelated to controversial U.S. foreign policies. The Uneasy Alliance presents these issues with admirable clarity and fairness. It also serves as an unrivaled history of American involvement in the world's refugee problems over half a century.