International Organization: The Importance Of International Organizations

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There is no doubt of the importance of international organizations, and the cooperative effects that they have on states around the world. International organizations, through their unique prospects of centralization and independence, have a mainly neutral, but leading place in international politics (Abbott and Sindal 1998). This ability to act independently, with the power to do so, and often decisively, distinguishes IOs as a vital and unique position. They handle everything from money, to disease, to human rights. Regulations and standardized norms end up playing a large role in the formation of international laws, actions, and the way that states conduct themselves domestically as well. I agree with the general notion that the world will…show more content…
Many states, even with ideas of democracy or liberalism, do not have the same governments or policies, and might find themselves forced into an agreement that they cannot or will not want to consent to, but need to do anyway because of collective agreement. What happens if a state is a dictatorship? A monarchy? How difficult would it be to unite those states underneath a common government, which would most likely be democratic in nature? Every state in the world doing so is a very slim chance to begin with. It also become a problem of authority how much power IOs or a singular government can exercise. While generally, IOs often do an impressive job in formulating the laws or obligations, there has always and will be problems with enforcement. Treaties and agreements have been violated when the domestic needs of leadership or power outweigh the desire to work well with other nations. The Iranian Hostage Crisis, or the United States going into Iraq without gaining the approval of the UN shows this. When international laws can’t effectively stop or punish infringements, the results can often damage the way the IO is seen, or how it operates. International law is reliant on states’ ability to respect and obey those laws. It can be argued that, “…effectiveness of a legal system, whether municipal or international in character, may consist not so much in how many members of the society have an obligation to obey the law as how many actually do obey the law” (Rochester 43). I believe this would be an issue in one global government; obeying the singular law would be difficult to enforce, manage, and impede the whole points of IOs: easier and more flexible cooperation. There are too many conflicting interests of different states, and I do not think a singular, unified, body could control the world

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