Organization of American States

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Organization of American States

Commonly called the OAS. An international organization consisting of all independent states in North and South America (though not all members are active). It was established in 1948 to oppose the spread of communism. The OAS promotes democracy, economic cooperation and free trade. It also provides a forum for addressing grievances among members. It is based in Washington, D.C.
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Tangibly and inseparably associated with inter-Americanism as a living tradition, the significance of this structure that is now the OAS headquarters building is evident in the continuity of the organizations that have occupied it, from the Pan American Union to the Organization of American States.
When the OAS was created in 1948, the twenty-one countries of the Pan American Union became the member states of the Organization.
That conference launched a multilateral process whose many manifestations include the elaboration of law and cooperative agreements, the establishment of the Bureau of American Republics, and the emergence of the Pan American Union, predecessor of the OAS, today's pre-eminent political framework for inter-American relations.
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