Is the OAS dead?
Between the birth of the CELAC (not so much the new regional IO’s existence as the rhetoric with which it was welcomed) and the relatively recent movement within both the US House and Senate to at least partially defund the OAS, I have to wonder: Is there a future for the Organization of American States, or has it basically run its course as an effective international organization?
If there is to be a future for the OAS, what needs to happen for the OAS as an organization to regain status–trust, respect, and influence–within the region and the world?
If not, should US diplomatic efforts within the Western Hemisphere focus more on economics (ie, free trade agreements) than on politics (IOs) as we move forward?
I’m going to be wrestling with these questions for a while, I think. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Is the OAS dead? Please post a comment or contact me. Thanks!