Orgs 1 and 2 - Orgs 1&2 Intro States are working together with each other even more than ever Supranationalist organizations Sovereign states working

Orgs 1 and 2 - Orgs 1&2 Intro States are working together...

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Orgs 1&2 Intro States are working together with each other even more than ever Supranationalist organizations Sovereign states working together with other states – money, security, cultural commonality Each organization has some sort of mission which binds the states together, a mission which all of the states feel that they can achieve better as a team than as an individual state EU, AU, UN, NATO, NAFTA, APEC, OPEC – numbers keep growing and so does their size State to state conflict still exists, very armed and always attacking each other How wars are conducted and who is conducting them are changing The Changing Nature of Cooperation Q: Why now? Why are these organizations gaining popularity and numbers of states in their group? A1: Western powers at global peak of economic/political power Product of the modern era, end of WWII 20 th century changed the idea of war, because of the epic scale of death and destruction during the 1900s, bloodies century of human existence o Not because of more wars, technology of humanity increased so much so people could kill large amounts of people with more and more lethal devices. Hiroshima – 1 person in 1 plane, killing 100k people o We cannot survive another World War, because the weapons will be incredibly more lethal Who fought/won/was in power during WWII? Western Powers were “in charge” of planet earth at the time A2: Western powers therefore dominated the leadership of the major supranationalist organizations Western power started and ran supranationalist organizations at the time and even until the current era A3: In 1945, China a non-power o After WWII, China had been destroyed o Reaped with 200 years of civil war and destruction A4: In 1945, India was still a colony of Britain A5: In 1945, Africa still colonized A6: In 1945, Middle East – chaotic and weak Western powers were a major power and are still dominating today o BUT … it is changing quickly in the current era…
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o New non-western organizations being formed (SCO)… o Existing institutions are reconstructing leadership (UN, IMF) Q: What does a state have to do to join a club? A1: Pay some dues – a state must give up a bit of sovereign power Just give up a tiny bit of their decision making process over your affairs – price that has to be paid o Almost everybody is in the clubs, but some aren’t (Vatican City – UN, Switzerland – EU)
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  • Fall '08
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