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Michael Busch


Trafficking and Foreign Labor in the Gulf: An Interview with Pardis Mahdavi

Earlier this month, the US State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, an inventory of the world’s efforts at combating the global trade in people. The 2011 report marks a turning point of sorts for US foreign policy. For the first time ever, the new TIP includes an assessment—if predictably positive—of Washington’s own attempts at battling trafficking at home. More encouraging still, the report reflects the explicit recognition that ...

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[Cover of Pardis Mahdavi's book

Pardis Mahdavi, Gridlock: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011. In the ten years since Bill Clinton signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) into law, human trafficking has been transformed from a public policy backwater into a critical component piece of national security. At the time, TVPA provided the capstone to a growing international movement dedicated to combating the trade in people. It explicitly ...

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Michael Busch


Michael Busch is program coordinator at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at the City College of New York, where he also teaches international relations. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including World Politics Review, World Policy Review, Foreign Policy in Focus, Dissent, and the Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, among numerous others. His research currently focuses on the political economy of transnational crime. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelkbusch.