An Analysis of the Arab League Essay

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The Arab League: What Could Have Been But Never Was
In an increasingly globalizing world, many problems that face humanity are of global concern and as such, require international co-operation in order to effectively combat issues such as terrorism and nuclear disarmament (Karns & Mingst. 2010). As a result, a rising need for global governance has emerged in the realm of international relations and policy as states search for ways in which they can manage their affairs (Karns & Mingst. 2010)..
This has prompted many international and transnational organizations to be formed by both governments and private individuals in which, individuals from all around the globe may gather and deal with the various issues and problems
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However a Realist would counter that the formation of the league was a manifestation of Arab states’ sense of insecurity from the great powers of the time and as a result will only adhere to the organization’s policies if it suits their needs (Yitzhak, 2008). The League’s charter however placed great emphasis on the safeguarding on the independence and sovereignty of each individual member state, much like the United Nations, as the Arab states, newly independent, feared further foreign influence within their affairs and made sovereignty a key concept that has defined many of the Arab League’s failing as will be shown in the structural analysis of the organization.
The highest governing body in the Arab league is the Council formed with the representatives of each member state. Each member state has one vote. The Council ordinarily meet, twice a year, in March and in September (Charter of Arab