Regional Trade Integration and Conflict Resolution by Shaheen Rafi Khan

By Shaheen Rafi Khan

This quantity addresses the expansion of local alternate agreements (RTAs) that have mushroomed because the Nineteen Nineties, and considers their strength as a device for decreasing inter- and intra-state clash. Exploring the hyperlinks among exchange, clash and peace in numerous and ranging contexts, this booklet maps the extant RTAs within the quarter, analyses the standards which prevent or advertise neighborhood alternate integration and considers their financial and political affects. featuring a chain of case stories in 4 areas: South the United States; the southern African quarter; South Asia and South East Asia, the authors think of 3 key questions: what's the value of the new and fast improvement of RTAs for peace construction either inside and among nations? To what quantity do RTAs engender inter and intrastate clash? To what quantity are alternate and RTAs hostage to clash and is local political balance a precondition for fiscal integration? local exchange Integration and clash answer might be of pursuits to scholars and students of exchange, diplomacy and clash reports. it is going to even be of curiosity to coverage makers and NGOs.      

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Internal armed conflict (henceforth referred to as IAC), is defined by the Geneva Convention as occurring in the territory of one of the parties. 2 The term ‘internationalised armed conflict’ describes internal hostilities that are rendered international. More specifically, the term includes ‘war between two internal factions, both of which are backed by different states; direct hostilities between two foreign states that militarily intervene in armed conflict in support of opposing sides; and war involving foreign intervention in support of an insurgent group fighting against an established government’ (Stewart 2003:315).

Nor does membership of a trade institution automatically create bonds of trust. Envy can result from trade imbalances and result in the creation of social networks of memberships, resulting in social unrest. Trade ties can actually provoke hostilities between states. Gains are rarely felt proportionally and large inequalities in the relative distribution of gains can shift the balance of inter-state power. There may also be tensions between members of the RTA and non-members who may find that trade diversion within the RTA results in lost markets.

3 Future CBMs will need to take into account a wide range of threats to security. The Organization of American States (OAS) took a step in the right direction by adopting the Declaration on Security in the Americas in October 2003. The declaration states that different perspectives regarding security threats and priorities are to be recognised. Its scope includes a wide array of non-traditional threats to security, including transnational organised crime, corruption, asset laundering, illicit trafficking in weapons, extreme poverty and social exclusion, HIV/AIDS and other diseases and environmental degradation.

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