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Regional organization

Regional organization


Regional organizations are, in a sense,
international organizations, as they incorporate international membership and
encompass geopolitical entities that operationally transcend a single nation
state. However, their membership is characterized by boundaries and
demarcations characteristic to a defined and unique geography, such as
continents, or geopolitics, such as economic blocs. They have been
established to foster cooperation and political and economic integration or
dialogue among states or entities within a restrictive geographical or
geopolitical boundary. They both reflect common patterns of development and
history that have been fostered since the end of World War II as well as the
fragmentation inherent in globalization. Most ROs tend to work alongside
well-established multilateral organizations such as the United
Nations. While in many instances a regional organization is simply referred
to as an international organization, in many others it makes sense to use the
term regional organization to stress the more limited scope of a particular
membership. Examples of ROs include the African
Union, European Union, the Caribbean Community, the Arab League, Association
of Southeast Asian Nations, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation,
and Union of South American Nations. See also
International organization List of intergovernmental organizations
List of regional organizations by population
List of trade blocs Regional Economic Communities
Regional integration Supranational union
References 2. Rodrigo Tavares, Regional Security:
The Capacity of International Organizations. London and New York:
Routledge.

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