Crisis in the Caribbean by Fitzroy Ambursley

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Secretary General Salim outlined five main points: (1) the purpose of Sirte was to transcend the existing structures for integration, (2) Sirte had already received broad support from ordinary people throughout the continent, (3) it was urgent to complete the treaty for the AU and the Pan-African Parliament in order to submit it to the summit in July 2000, (4) other A GRADUAL EMERGENCE OF COMPLEX INTERDEPENDENCE 29 integrative institutions in the world, such as the EU, must be taken into account, and (5) the Secretariat of the OAU must carry out the decisions taken at Sirte with a spirit of urgency (Biswaro 2005: 69–70, Makinda and Okumu 2007: 28–38).

Several other organizations formed among Frenchspeaking West African states, including a monetary union; most of them did not achieve regional integration but rather strengthened ties with France. The initial move toward the formation of ECOWAS was reignited by (then) Lieutenant Gowon of Nigeria and General Eyadéma of Togo, with the signing of a Nigeria-Togo agreement to form a West African Economic Community. This formed a unique and significant bond between an Anglophone and a Francophone state.

Conclusion The remainder of this book evaluates the three cases of disruptions in constitutional order to determine if these regional organizations—the AU, ECOWAS, ECCAS—caused a significant difference in the outcomes, or if the difference in outcomes was caused by other factors. Dominant paradigms in international relations—realism and neorealism—suggest that these regional organizations are irrelevant or insignificant independent of powerful nation-states, whether being those that dominate these regional bodies or those that dominate the world system.

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