The Organization of American States.


This annotated bibliography, unquestionably important and useful to researchers of inter-American affairs and students of OAS history, offers brief instructional commentaries on the main books, articles, theses, data sources, and directories pertaining to the OAS.

As noted in the introduction, in contrast to the broad agendas of inter-American meetings and conferences and the activities of the several programs of the General Secretariat, the OAS's actual work has been concentrated on a few areas in which it has participated and on a limited number of priority topics.

The use of those core developments and areas as a basis for structuring presentation of the bibliographic commentaries facilitates readers' access to the consultation of sources in which they can find the necessary research data or references.

Obviously, the selection of events and topics is open to interpretation. It could be argued, for example, that OAS action in support of the democratic government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti or the restoration of democracy in Guatemala and Peru deserves a mention as a central event in their histories. In contrast, OAS participation in the crisis surrounding the invasion of Grenada was marginal.

Although Sheinin does not provide a section on democracy or any autonomous reference to developments in Haiti, Peru, and Guatemala (whose bibliography is scattered among other sections) as part of the central chapter in his book, entitled "Events," he does include ten studies on the Grenada invasion.

Nor does the war in the Falklands appear as a fundamental event in the chronology of the OAS, despite its very considerable impact on one of the essential goals of the Organization - the security of the hemisphere - and on the pertinent inter-American instruments. Bibliography on the subject is found under the subtitle of...

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