They should have a lot of economic and political voice in the world bu they

They should have a lot of economic and political

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They should have a lot of economic and political voice in the world, bu they don’t o They called the 1973 Oil Embargo which sparked oil crisis They have tremendous power if they work together o Nothing has been solved, there are more conflicts and poverty now o The rest of the world does not want the Arab League to be a strong voice · OAS: the Organiztation of the American States o Headquarted in Washing D.C.
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o 35 soverign states of the Americas as members o They are very fine tuned and focused on what they do o Not about economics or military o Goals: Strengthen democracy Work for peace Defend human rights o Goes and oversees elections throughout the Americas Checks to ensure that democracy is being carried out o Cuba may or may not be a member Was a member and got kicked out because they were not a Democracy o Just the Americas o Democracy pretty much does work everywhere in the Americas EXCEPT Cuba o They are common through geography o Shared culture of ideas Democracy Individual human rights and freedoms are good o Jimmy Carter is often involved in OAS activities o They aspire to do more Fostering trade or common law o Latin America wants to create their own OAS excluding the U.S.A. and Canada o As U.S. is slipping away from superpower status, the Latin Americans want to stand up with their own voice and not in the shadow of the U.S. and build their own power and voice o Latin American form- will exclude the US · African Union o The 2 nd largest international organization on the planet behind the UN o 53 members- include entire African continent but excludes Morocco o Trying to form a critical mass in Africa since the 1950s and 1960s o Started out trying to unite Africa through the creation of the Union of African States in the 1960s o Changed to Union of African Unity then morphed into the African Economic community in 1980s- never successful because they were poor o They don’t trade much with each other o Renewed interest in the 1990s- Mummar Gaddafi (Leader of Lybia) was a motivating force towards free trade o 2002- Relaunched as African Union (AU) to mimic EU o However it wasn’t as successful as EU o Objectives- accelerate the political and social economic integration of the entire
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  • Fall '08
  • Arab League, Morocco, African Union, Sudan

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