Why Are U.S. Lawmakers Coming Down So Hard on the OAS?

Latin America Advisor - Inter-American Dialogue

November 30, 2012

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The Organization of American States is “sliding into an administrative and financial paralysis” that is threatening to condemn it to “irrelevance,” U.S. Senators John Kerry, Richard Lugar, Robert Menendez and Marco Rubio of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrote in a Nov. 14 letter to the chairman of the OAS’ Permanent Council. The senators said the OAS lacks a strategic focus, is too reluctant to make difficult financial decisions and is beset by “capriciously destructive personnel policies.” Are the charges fair? What steps should the OAS take to strengthen itself? How successfully has Secretary General José Miguel Insulza led the …

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