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The Organization of American States: Restructuring Inter-American Multilateralism

The Organization of American States: Restructuring Inter-American Multilateralism Global Governance 2 (1996), 215-239 The Organization of American States: Restructuring Inter-American Multilateralism Tean-Philippe Therien, Michel Fortmann etJ Guy Gosselin his article examines the changing nature of inter-American multi­ lateral cooperation, with the focus on the Organization of American States (OAS).! Whereas the ~AS's very survival was threatened throughout most of the 1980s, the level of interest currently enjoyed by this regional organization is without precedent. The revival of the OAS is closely linked to a general shift in the political climate of the Western Hemisphere. The most telling illustration of this shift was provided at the Summit of the Americas held in Miami in December 1994. The leaders of the thirty-four countries represented there undertook to create, by 2005, a Free Trade Area of the Americas that would constitute the world's largest market-"more than 850 million consumers buying $13 trillion worth of goods and services."2 Of course, it would be naive to think that the success of this enterprise is assured: the history of inter-American relations has, after all, been riddled with numerous conflicts. Yet it is widely believed that there is a "new moment" in the Americas. Given the scope of its mandate and because it is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

The Organization of American States: Restructuring Inter-American Multilateralism

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-002-02-90000005
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Abstract

Global Governance 2 (1996), 215-239 The Organization of American States: Restructuring Inter-American Multilateralism Tean-Philippe Therien, Michel Fortmann etJ Guy Gosselin his article examines the changing nature of inter-American multi­ lateral cooperation, with the focus on the Organization of American States (OAS).! Whereas the ~AS's very survival was threatened throughout most of the 1980s, the level of interest currently enjoyed by this regional organization is without precedent. The revival of the OAS is closely linked to a general shift in the political climate of the Western Hemisphere. The most telling illustration of this shift was provided at the Summit of the Americas held in Miami in December 1994. The leaders of the thirty-four countries represented there undertook to create, by 2005, a Free Trade Area of the Americas that would constitute the world's largest market-"more than 850 million consumers buying $13 trillion worth of goods and services."2 Of course, it would be naive to think that the success of this enterprise is assured: the history of inter-American relations has, after all, been riddled with numerous conflicts. Yet it is widely believed that there is a "new moment" in the Americas. Given the scope of its mandate and because it is

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Jul 19, 1996

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