Padelford, Norman J.
May 1954
International Organization;May54, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p203
Academic Journal
This article examines the some of the variations in existent regional organizations and their relation to the United Nations. Apprehension has sometimes been expressed that the growth of regionalism may result in a weakening of the United Nations or be productive of further conflict. It is of course possible that a regional group may oppose a proposed course of action or a decision of the United Nations. One of the notable features of United Nations' procedure has been the caucusing and bloc voting of members of regional groups. In the Palestine case the Arab states opposed the majority in the United Nations on the question of partition although they subsequently accepted United Nations mediation for a truce in the fighting which occurred in 1948. The Soviet Bloc has refused to allow any United Nations investigation commission to function inside the Iron Curtain since 1948. The full potentialities and limitations of regional arrangements have yet to be determined. There are political, administrative, and other problems associated with the functioning of regional organizations on which further data is needed. Nevertheless, United Nations' experience on the whole indicates that the regional organizations strengthen the world organization.


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