Global Governance 11 (2005), 425– 444 A Tale of Two Mesas: The OAS Defense of Democracy in Peru and Venezuela Andrew F. Cooper and Thomas Legler In recent years, the Organization of American States has charted new terrain in the defense and promotion of democracy. Most significantly, it intervened in Peru (2000) and in Venezuela (2002–2004). The cen- terpiece of both initiatives was the establishment of a mesa, an OAS- facilitated intra-elite dialogue roundtable. In examining this “tale of two mesas,” we trace three components of this approach: the actors at the table, the agendas, and the achievements. Although significant dif- ferences between the two processes make it difficult to articulate a single, coherent model, both the Peruvian and Venezuelan mesas ex- emplify a new mode of multilateral intervention—“intervention with- out intervening.” Though this approach has limitations, it may have EYWORDS: some potential for application beyond our two case studies. K OAS, multilateralism, democracy, intervention, dialogue roundtables. n recent years, the Organization of American States (OAS) has charted new terrain in the international defense and promotion of I During the Cold War, the OAS was often criticized for democracy. its apparent ambivalence toward authoritarianism and human rights vio- lations
Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations – Brill
Published: Aug 3, 2005
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