Video notes 5// Why work together: culture Cultural identity o Some of biggest on supernationalist organizations on planet o Don’t do that much- bordering on unsuccessful Major ones and biggest o Arab league, organization of American states, African union Arab League (League of Arab States) o Justice league for middle east o Regional organization based on arabness o Arab ethnicity- not a religion o Started in 1945 o Original members: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen o Has since expanded across north Africa and middle east to incorporate 22 states all together with 4 observer states What are they trying to do? o Common historic lineage, background, religion o “Let’s work together to solve our common problems” o Main goal: to draw closer the relations between member states and coordinate collaboration between them to safeguard their independence and sovereignty and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the arab peoples and countries o Boyer mocks it because “hell no” they have accomplished little to nothing—they mostly fight. o Kicked Egypt out of its group a couple decades ago after they recognized Israel and had peace treaty with them—they’ve since been let back in o At two points, Libya quit- to hell with the Arab league... Arab my ass. Under Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi Switched dressing—used to dress in military middle eastern traditional and then switched to African dress They have great potential if they actually got together and spoke with common voice o Charter is to work together to solve conflicts, promote economic ties, transfer of energy technology, singe education system o Talked about a lot but none has happened Arab League contains most of OPEC members o Lion share of worlds exported oil comes from arab league states o Singular voice should have economic and political clout in world—used to Called embargo- 1973- oil embargo Would have tremendous power, but don’t act together o Really haven’t done anything- too much conflict More poverty and disparity
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- Fall '08
- Saudi Arabia, Arab League, African Union, Sudan