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Author Cope, John A.

Title Reforming the Inter-American Defense Board [electronic resource] / by John A. Cope.

Imprint [Washington, D.C.] : Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, [2010]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  D 5.417:258    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (6 p.) : digital, PDF file.
Series Strategic forum ; no. 258
Strategic forum ; no. 258.
Note Title from PDF title screen (viewed June 23, 2011).
"August 2010."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 6).
Summary The Western Hemisphere's delegations to the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) should represent and be responsible to ministers of defense or their equivalents, rather than to the armed forces, as is the case in most countries in the Americas today. This breakthrough reform would bring the Board in line with democratic constitutional practices, strengthen Organization of American States (OAS) support for democracy, and help implement the 2003 Mexico City 'Declaration on Security in the Americas, ' which adopted a broadened multidimensional view of security. The reform could be accomplished without change to the March 2006 statutes and would bring the Board into the OAS General Secretariat associated with the Secretariat on Multidimensional Security. This small but pivotal step toward developing a genuinely collaborative civil-military working environment could improve OAS effectiveness, contributing to matters of multilateral security and defense at a time of imperiled public safety in many countries and increased transnational crime and violence. Starting from the above reform, this paper discusses improving IADB usefulness to the OAS and member states by modernizing its functions and broadening available 1expertise on strategic issues. Revitalization in this follow-on phase would facilitate the adaptation of defense capabilities to regional issues such as disaster response, military support for police and other civil institutions, and subregional confidence-building. The process of reforming the IADB would require whole-of-government support from all OAS member states.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Subject Inter-American Defense Board.
Organization of American States.
Security, International.
Added Author National Defense University. Institute for National Strategic Studies.
Gpo Item No. 0378-H-12 (online)
Sudoc No. D 5.417:258

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