by Saifullah Mustaqueemi
I have discussed the concept of inter-supranational union in my earlier article, inter-supranational union: an alternative to united nation. That it will be an organisation consisting of supranational unions as members. In this article we look on why it is important to frame an international organisation parallel to United Nation, in means, influence and authority in international arena, consisting of unions of countries. Before we go into detailing of this topic, I would like to share one of my regular observation in the chat room of one of a social networking site. It happens, many a times, that I enter the chat room and there is nothing to initiate the conversation, on public wall. And some one writes, I am form Australia, just to begin, and a bouquet of reply then comes, I am from india, U.S, from Africa, from Germany,… I AM FROM EUROPE, each wanting attention from the other. And it is the last reply- I am from Europe that grabs my attention every time with renewed vigour. This reply not only reflects on depletion of nationalism as an ideology but even on a new form of ideology-to-emerge and that is “supranationalism” or in this case more specifically continentalism. Even colonel gaddafi in his heydays propounded the concept of united states of Africa.
After the formation of European Union supranational union has strengthened itself with time and space in multiple dimensions ranging from economic cooperation, environmental concern, military cooperation. moreover, not only neighbouring nations or countries from a continent are merging on different grounds but inter-continental union has also come into existence. Like the NATO, which though have been formed off the track for solely military cooperation but is a representation of inter-continental union.
With ever advancing evolution of supranational union and its increasing role in international arena, it is time to search for a new form of organisation to deal with the newest and fastest emerging strongly political ideology, supranationalism. It is for this reason that INTER_SUPRANATIONAL UNION need to be created.
Since the basic drive for supranational union is initiation and establishment of economic cooperation among nations so, apparently, it seems impractical to think of military conflict among these unions. But if looked carefully, it will be found that most wars in the world have been fought either in lure of economic gains or in fear of economic loss. And since supranational union is basically formed for economic co-operation so conflict concerning economic stability of these unions would invite its attention. Indeed the recent stand of African Union against NATO aggression on Libya was a show of willingness by a supranational union to get involved in resolution of the conflict concerning its member state. And then later after the fall of gaddafi regime a denial to recognise new government was a reflection on the stand supranational unions may take in case its interest is disregarded. Worryingly, even though United Nation’s mandate was abiding to the members of African Union equally as to rest of the world but AU chose not to cooperate.
Moreover, though it is widely accepted that AU should have been given a chance resolve the Libya issue but NATO by not permitting entry into Libya to envoys of African Union showed that, in defence of its interest, it was ready to face challenges even from Supranational Unions. and it is this development in international polity that need to be analysed rigorously to understand the evolving behaviour of supranational unions.
With supranational Union emerging as an independent political entity existence of United Nation will become futile. Indeed, the futility of United Nations was strongly proved in 2003 when U.S. led NATO imposed war on Iraq without even consulting the organisation thus depriving it of its world guardianship. While in all the inspections concerning saddam hussein’s proposed hidden weapons of mass destruction United Nations wing IAEA was utilised and later when it remained unfound the importance of united nations was suddenly dumped. Any approval for aggression on Iraq was not asked for from the United Nations thus pointing that if the organisation hindered progress of foreign policy objectives of world powers(in this case it is U.S. led NATO) then its world-guardianship will not be accounted for.
While, if inter-supranational union existed aggression by a group of nation, more specifically supranational union, would not be possible without the consent of world community or atleast without the approval of major players in the region. Because, firstly, inter-supranational union would be much more powerful then united nation in means and influence for it would consist of supranational unions, which are bigger entity then a nation, as members. Secondly and more importantly, it would not be easily possible to disregard the stands of multiple supranational unions consisting of several states by a single supranational union. Like in case of Iraq war it would not be easily possible by NATO to ignore different supranational unions standing at one front, against NATO, representing their lead nations ,china, Russia, India and many more. And thus diplomacy would ultimately become the priority for finding a solution to the conflict.
The fact that NATO has the potentiality to challenge rest of the world is true. But NATO members fearing economic hardships as a result of strained relationships with the members of opposing supranational union will abstain from this folly. And thus because of inter-supranational union diplomacy will become the ultimate cable for search of solution to most of the conflicts in international arena.
Like the example above a lot many example can be analysed to look that inter-supranational union has the potentiality to resolve conflicts in ways better then United Nations can. It is for this reason that it is required.
In my future articles I will try to take up some more important ongoing or recently gone issues in the international arena and will explain the role of iter-supranational union in that condition in the then international condition. Moreover, I will also take up issues concerning structural difference among different supranational unions and discuss the point of collision for these unions. apart from this in as series of articles the benefits of establishing this organisation to nations like Inida, China, Russia, U.S and European Union and African Nations will be dealt with, God Willing.
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