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Small Countries, Big Issues: The Caribbean in the 21st Century

Chatham House

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Transcript - Victor Bulmer-Thomas
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Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas, Emeritus Professor, London University; and Associate Fellow, Americas Programme, Chatham House
Chair: David Jessop, Managing Director, The Caribbean Council 


Many countries use regional integration to help them adjust to globalization. The Caribbean is no exception. Yet this region, which includes countries as varied as Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and Suriname, punches below its weight in international relations. It remains deeply fragmented and most countries struggle to cope with the external pressures from foreign governments, multinational corporations and organized crime. The speaker will outline why this is so and what the consequences are, while suggesting policies to improve the current position.

The meeting will coincide with the publication of the speaker's book, The Economic History of the Caribbean Since the Napoleonic Wars.