The Organization of American States

The Organization of American States

by Diedre L. Badejo


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The Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the 35 nations of North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. Together, OAS members strive to strengthen peace and security; to consolidate representative democracy; to provide for collective defense; to eradicate poverty; and to promote economic, social, and cultural development. The pursuit of regional solidarity came to the fore in 1889-1890, at the First International Conference of American States. Years later, after World War II, the governments in the Americas adopted a system of collective security to meet the challenges of global conflict in a postwar world and to fight Communism. Beyond its commitments to democracy, human rights, and social and economic development, the OAS is working to establish a free-trade area that will extend from Alaska, at the northwestern tip of North America, to Tierra del Fuego, at the southernmost tip of South America.

About the Author:
Author Barbara Lee Bloom is an emeritus professor of history at Champlain College in Vermont. Her books for young people include The Mexican Americans and The Chinese Americans

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791095447
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Series: Global Organizations Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: Land Mines in the Americas     6
The Americas and the Organization of the American States     12
Early History of the OAS     25
How the OAS Works     40
Poverty: A Problem for the OAS     55
Specialized Organizations of the OAS     67
The OAS and Human Rights     80
Emphasis on Democratic Governments     91
The OAS: Successes and Criticisms     105
Chronology     112
Notes     114
Bibliography     118
Further Reading     121
Picture Credits     123
Index     124
About the Contributors     128

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