Episode 41. Who Controls the Caribbean?
In 1823 US President James Munroe declared "The Munroe Doctrine", that the Western hemisphere would be the backyard of the United States. That doctrine is now almost 200 years old and the world is a very different place, European powers such as the Netherlands, UK and France all hold colonies in the Sea; and other players such as Venezuela and Cuba are putting forward competition as well. The real threat for the US though may come from outside powers shopping around for strategic footholds in an area the US regularly overlooks.
9th President of Fort Valley State University
Senior Associate at the Centre for Strategic Studies
Trusted expert on the Carribean for bodies including the Foreign Ministry of Canada and the US Congress.
Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council for the Caribbean Initiative
Founder of the Green Market in Trinidad and Tabago
International lawyer and social entrepreneur with longstanding expertise in sustainable development.
Associate Fellow for the US Americas program at Chatham House, specialising in the Caribbean and Latin America
Former Director of Latin American Studies at London University
Former Director of Chatham House
Author of over 20 books on the geopolitics of the Americas
Part 1: Trouble in the Backyard (1:51)
Part 2: Trouble in Paradise (36:50)
Part 3: The Middle Man (45:42)
The Red Line's Caribbean Reading List:
We’ve put together some further reading for those of you looking for more resources to help you get across the geopolitics of the Caribbean
From Slavery to Services
The Caribbean Blue Economy
A Brief History of the Caribbean: From the Arawak and Carib to the Present
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