Press Memorandum: Changing of the Guard at the Organization of American States
- Subject: Press Memorandum: Changing of the Guard at the Organization of American States
- From: "Council On Hemispheric Affairs" <coha at coha.org>
- Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 17:13:44 -0400
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Changing of the Guard at the Organization of American States
• The ongoing crises in Haiti and Venezuela, and the lack of an institutional OAS role in both disputes, have demonstrated that the hemisphere’s political forum is an ineffective and aging mammoth that, without strong leadership, may soon be utterly useless.
• The incoming Secretary General’s major tasks will be to rejuvenate the OAS’s diminishing role in hemispheric affairs and reverse the steady loss of its prestige and operational jurisdiction to the United Nations.
• While it will not be difficult for Rodriguez to improve upon Gaviria’s egomaniacal performance, his record as president of Costa Rica is steeped in mediocrity and plagued by a general lack of seriousness and, thus, leaves little hope that his performance as Secretary General of the OAS will be any more promising.
After ten years as the head of the Organization
of American States (OAS), two-time Secretary General and former Colombian
president Cesar Gaviria will step down from his post
today and former Costa Rican president Miguel Angel Rodriguez Echevarria will become his successor. This transition began
at the 34th regular session of the OAS General Assembly, which took place last
This analysis was prepared by Alex Sanchez, COHA Research Fellow.
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