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Problems and Prospects of the Organization of American States

Perceptions of the Member States' Leaders


Henry H. Han

In order to put the intractable problems and uncertain future the O.A.S. is facing in a more manageable perspective, the author, with the help of the Organization's two successive Secretaries-General Alejandro Orfila and Joao Clemente Baena Soares, met with leading figures in all the Member States in and out of their governments. In this book these leaders shed much light on whether the O.A.S. should be disbanded or not, its general and specific problems, U.S. and Latin America, U.S. in the Organization, Member States' bilateralism, and subregional approaches. And, there is a near unanimous consensus among them of the need for further reforming the Organization. Lastly, a need for «baptizing» an already-existing «inter-American co-prosperity sphere programme» by the Member States, is stressed. The Organization has to serve the programme as its main instrument for all the «Americans» everywhere in the Hemisphere.
Contents: The O.A.S.'s usefulness, its general and specific problems, its strength, the needs for its reform, and the proposal for an «inter-American co-prosperity sphere» programme.