Role of International Organisations in the World Order

Shabir Ahmad Dar, Anshumala Chandangar


Man is a social animal and one important aspect of this social life is forming of organisations by group of people to fulfil their common interests, needs and objectives. Similarly at international level nation-states organise themselves into international organisations to achieve their common interest and objectives. International organisations came into being mostly in the nineteenth century and further developed in the twentieth century. By the beginning of twenty first century these international organisations have become an indispensable part of the international system along with nation-states and private actors. As actors these international organisations play significant role in the contemporary international relations. They themselves are greatly shaped by course of relations among nations and in return influence these relations to some extent. They regulate inter-state relations, check state action and control state behaviour. They facilitate social, economic political and security cooperation among state. Their endeavour is to discourage war and encourage pace and order. They are symbols of universalism and agencies of international order. They are slender hope of future world government. An expert on international organisations Claude, Jr. rightly points out, “the growing complexity of international relations has already produced international organisations, and the world is engaged in the process of organising”.  He further believes this process has a very long past, a confused and troubled present and a definite future.

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