Regional organizations are increasingly expected to be the first responders to local conflicts and crises, even though their institutional design and the regional systems in which they operate often undermine their effectiveness. For the Arab League, the response to the Arab Spring represents a historical departure and could signal the emergence of new regional norms. For the Organization of American States, a crowded institutional landscape and fading U.S. influence make remaining relevant a challenge. And for the African Union, a layered approach to African security depends to a large degree on the strength and effectiveness of subregional groupings and regional powers.
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Putting Out Fires: Regional Crisis Management
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