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Responding to the Hemisphere’s Political Challenges

By Inter-American Dialogue
June 1, 2006

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More than ever before the nations of the Western Hemisphere need an active and effective regional organization to address a range of problems in the Americas, including those affecting domestic governance and security as well as those with international dimensions. Yet few governments assign priority to making the Organization of American States (OAS) such an organization. This was a central conclusion of an Inter-American Dialogue Task Force convened in 2005 to review the work of the OAS and set forth recommendations for how the organization can and should be used to engage the varied challenges confronting the hemisphere.