Commonwealth of Independent States

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The Commonwealth of Independent States is a regional organization whose participating countries are former Soviet Republics.

The CIS is comparable to a confederation similar to the original European Community. Although the CIS has few supranational powers, it is more than a purely symbolic organization, possessing coordinating powers in the realm of trade, finance, lawmaking, and security. It has also promoted cooperation on democratization and cross-border crime prevention. As a regional organization, CIS participates in UN peacekeeping forces.[1] Some of the members of the CIS have established the Eurasian Economic Community with the aim of creating a full-fledged common market. However, other member states have shown greater interest in seeking to join NATO and the European Union.

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