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WEEK 9ORGS #7Why Work Together: CultureBinds together by cultural identityoImportant because they are mostly very big – some of the biggest supranationalist organizationsoThey don’t do that much though – bordering on wildly unsuccessful3 major ones – Arab League, Organization of American States, African UnionArab League – League of Arab States oRegional organization based on “Arabness” oArab is an ethnicity and a languageMost Arab’s are IslamicoStarted up in 1945 – after WW2oOriginal members Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, YemenClassic core right there in the center of the Arabian Peninsula oExpanded to incorporate 22 states altogether and 4 observer statesoThe main goal of the league is to draw closer the relations between member states and coordinate collaboration between them to safeguard their independent sovereignty and to consider in a general way, the concerns and interest of the Arab people and countries He mocks this organization because this group has accomplished little to nothing, they mostly fightThey get together once a year and fight, usually someonestorms out They kicked Egypt out of its group after it recognized Israel – they have since been let back inAt two different points, Libya straight up quit under the general leader Muammar GaddafiHe even switched dressing from military garb to African dressoThe Arab League contains most of the OPEC members – Algeria, Libya, Nigeria, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, IranThis means they should have a lot of economic and political clout in the worldThey used to – effectively called an embargo to the US and Western Europe in 1973Sparked a whole oil crisisFirst and last time they ever did itThey could have tremendous power if they just worked togetheroIf anything there is more conflict than there was when they started thisleague oDoes the world want them to be a better organization?
This is perhaps the reason they haven’t worked together well yetThe outside world has no vested interest in all of the middle eastspeaking as a collective because they would make decisions thatwould make the rest of the countries unhappyCertainly wouldn’t make Israel happy because of what they would come up to save their Palestine conflictOrganization of American StatesoHeadquartered in D.C. o35 member states of the Americas oThey are fine-tuned and focused on what they doGoals – to strengthen democracy, work for peace, and defend human rights oThe group that oversees elections all throughout the Americas Cuba may or may not be a member – they were at a time and got kicked out
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Saudi Arabia, Arab League, African Union, member states