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No Island Is an Island The Impact of Globalization on the Commonwealth Caribbean by Gordon Baker

No Island Is an Island The Impact of Globalization on the Commonwealth Caribbean


No Island Is an Island The Impact of Globalization on the Commonwealth Caribbean by Gordon Baker

Forty years after the West Indies Federation collapsed, seven Caribbean experts -including academics and practitioners -take a fresh look at the economic challenges facing the small states of the Commonwealth Caribbean. These former British territories include Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent. How well are these nations coping with the phaseout of external aid and traditional agricultural preferences; the competitive global environment; and technological and structural changes? What are their chances of sustainability? This volume, commissioned by the Caribbean Study Group at Chatham House, provides an accessible, comprehensive overview, including chapters on key economic sectors in the region: agriculture, tourism, financial services, communications, and foreign direct investment. No Island Is an Island will appeal to senior policymakers in government and business, as well as scholars. Contributors include Elizabeth Thomas-Hope (University of the West Indies), Adonna Jardine-Comrie (University of the West Indies), Anthony T. Bryan (Center for Strategic and International Studies),Trevor Carmichael (legal practitioner specializing in international financial services), Martin Lodge (London School of Economics), Lindsay Stirton (University of East Anglia), and Winston Dookeran (former governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago).

About the Author

Gordon Baker is an Associate Fellow, and was Chairman of the Caribbean Study Group, at Chatham House. He retired from the UK Diplomatic Service after serving as British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean States from 1998 to 2001. He was British High Commissioner to Belize (1995-8) and Head of the West Indian and Atlantic Department at the FCO in London (1991-94), and also served in Chile, Brazil, and Nigeria.

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Publication date

1st April 2007


Gordon Baker

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Royal Institute of International Affairs


135 pages


International economics



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