The United States stands as a superpower and a beacon of freedom in the world community. American culture has spread to every corner of the world. While our economic and military might gives us significant influence, there are also limits. Whether pursuing "mutual trust" with China, trying to help our neighbor to the South, Mexico, countering terrorism, winding down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, or addressing the revolutions that started in the Middle East in the first part of 2011, the United States must weigh carefully our interactions and involvement with other nations.
The White House-Foreign Policy
GLOBAL MULTINATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
"The United Nations was
established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries committed to preserving
peace through international cooperation and collective security. Today,
nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN: membership totals
-Strengthening the UN
-ReformtheUN.org (World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy)
-Millennium Development Goals
-Group of 77
"Working for a World Free of Poverty...IBRD and IDA provide low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes."
of 184 member countries...established to promote international
cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to
foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide
financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments
"deals with the rules of trade between nations
global or near-global level."
'to contribute to the building of peace, the
eradication of poverty,
sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education,
the sciences, culture, communication and information.
"the world’s largest international
police organization, with 188 member countries.
Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and
supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose
mission is to prevent or combat international crime."
"an informal group of advanced economies, which
once a year at a Summit of Heads of State and Government. It has
essentially a role of guidance and political impetus."
via "an unofficial forum of the heads of the leading industrialized democracies"
"established in 1999 to bring together systemically important industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy."
"... a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights."
"...the largest human rights organization based in the United States."
organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world."
also interesting: The Economist Intelligence Unit publishes a Democracy Index. Its 2010 report found "full democracies" in 26 countries. 53 "flawed democracies," 33 "hybrid regimes" and 55 "authoritarian."
"...a private, nonprofit organization created in 1983 to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts."
"the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption."
citizen diplomacy network that
partnerships between U.S. and international communities. We strive to
build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural
understanding and stimulate economic development."
"a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world."
international democracy, justice and
rule of law.
primary focus is on strengthening the structures and capacities of
international organizations to work effectively in these areas, while
promoting the development of norms, policies and practices that allow
meaningful global action on specific issues."
"an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the United Nations and scrutinizes global policymaking. GPF works particularly on the UN Security Council, the food and hunger crisis, and the global economy. We promote accountability and citizen participation in decisions on peace and security, social justice and international law.
"a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. Founded in 1918, the Foreign Policy Association serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues."
"...an independent, national membership organization, nonpartisan research center, and publisher. Founded in 1921, CFR is dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individuals and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments."
and practical policy solutions to decision makers committed to
global security and prosperity. Founded in 1962 by David M. Abshire and
Admiral Arleigh Burke, CSIS is a bipartisan, non-profit organization
in Washington, D.C with more than 220 employees."
oldest international affairs think
Endowment, founded in 1910, is a private, nonprofit organization
dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active
international engagement by the United States."
"an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide."
REGIONAL AND MORE MULTINATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS