Unlike other regional organizations such as the European Union, which are founded on geography, the League of Arab States, or Arab League, is based on a shared culture and rooted in a common language. Established in 1945, it seeks to help Arab countries coordinate their policies, gain a united political voice in the world, and work toward a better common future. The league’s constitution provides for the coordination of political, educational, financial, legal, security, cultural, social, and communications affairs. The Arab League is also charged with co-coordinating commercial relationships, passports, visas, and health issues.
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About the Author(s)
Cris E. Toffolo is associate professor of political science and the director of the Justice and Peace Studies department at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. She specializes in political theory and comparative Third World politics and is the author of the article "Pakistan" in the World Encyclopedia of Political Systems and Parties.