Neorealism and the Organization of American States (OAS): an examination of CARICOM rationality toward Venezuela and the United States

Johnson, Stephen (2019) Neorealism and the Organization of American States (OAS): an examination of CARICOM rationality toward Venezuela and the United States. SAGE Open, 9 (4). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2158-2440

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Abstract

Since 2017, CARICOM member states have been divided in the positions they take on Organization of American States (OAS)
resolutions addressing political instability in Venezuela. This article uses a neorealism framework to determine whether or
not the provision of energy investments by Venezuela and the United States to CARICOM member countries is an attempt
on their part to skew the OAS voting mechanism in their national interests. The article also examines the extent to which
CARICOM member states’ response to Venezuela’s and United States’ interest in the OAS demonstrates a pattern of
rationality. The findings suggest that though the OAS provides a medium for states to negotiate mutually beneficial solutions,
states are rational actors and even where they do corporate, dominant states may try to manifest their self-interest.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: energy security, CARICOM, political economy, Venezuela, United States, political institutions, political science, Organization of American States, neorealism, neoliberal institutionalism
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Stephen Christopher Johnson
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 08:06
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2020 08:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/87967

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