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International Corner: The Purpose of Treaty Organizations

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By Christopher St. Aubin, Newspaper Staffer

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“If you do not seek out allies and helpers, then you will be isolated and weak” originally hypothesized by Sun Tzu in the Art of War, alliances have morphed over centuries into the current treaty organizations that are present in the world right now. The largest actors in the international sphere are large groups of nations called intergovernmental organizations. Prominent ones would include the United Nations, the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the African Union. These organizations perform other functions, all of which can be consolidated into three main categories: diplomacy, economics, and military categories. However, first, we must address the current growing sentiment that many leaders and heads-of-state have towards the different treaty organizations.

Over the course of the last few years, there has been a discussion in the international community of whether or not these organizations are necessary. Many arguments against their necessity is a testament to the neo-nationalistic parties within a new country. The arguments against are really more along the lines of what Trump has deemed as an “America first” policy and have been reflected across the globe as extreme nationalism. Therefore, the new anti-globalization movement that has been occurring is more out of national self-interest rather than any rationally found ideas.

The need for globalization is increasingly prevalent in today’s society, especially, because of the increasing occurrence and availability of modern technology. Modern technology has made it easier for international responses to events come within a few minutes. To advance towards a globalized society and then, within a period of a few years, have there be a direct anti-globalism move causes severe detriment in a world hopeful of peace. If world leaders say they are in favor of promoting world peace, they cannot contradict themselves by saying there is no purpose to them. All leaders must reaffirm their commitment to multilateralism because it is now the only feasible path to global peace.

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