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International Affairs
INTA 1110
Tarun Chaudhary

International Organizations 10/30/2012 11:02:00 AM Realism: the importance of power Constructivism: the importance of ideas Liberalism: the importance of choice (agency) What are int'l orgs and why do we have them?  Int'l orgs can be made up of intergovernmental orgs and nongov orgs.  Exist around issues and or regions o IGOs  UN—global in nature  ASEAN—regional in nature o NGOs  International Committee of the Red Cross  Int'l Olympic Committee Why?  Coordination o Prisoners Dilemma: how do you know what the other is going to do? How do you know that they know not to talk?  Reduce transaction costs o If there is an existing forum, then it is easier to resolve problems Specifically  Enables IO members to: o Express legitimacy (as a function of being present and accepted into organization) o Establish and enforce norms and int'l law o IOs can act as a neutral community representative o Legitimize actions (launder otherwise contentious political actions) United Nations  Benefits for members o Int'l Stability  UN is a symbol  You are a member of a community and you have a responsibility to that community.  UN is a forum  Place to meet  UN is a mechanism  The int'l organization can be
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