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Title:
The repositioning of U.S.-Caribbean relations in the new world order
Author:
Palmer, Ransford W.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1997.
Physical Description:
vi, 222 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Caribbean : the American proscenium or, the Americas began there / Association of Caribbean states and US-Caribbean relations / US-Cuban relations : moving beyond the Cold War to the new international order? / US-UN military intervention and the prospects for democracy in Haiti / US-Haiti trade relations : from bilateral to trade bloc / US-Caribbean trade relations over the last decade : from CBI to ACS / Washington consensus and the prospects for authentic development in the Caribbean / Post-NAFTA US trade policy for the Caribbean / ACS : a distraction from the FTAA process / Assessing the new association of Caribbean states within US-Caribbean relations perspectives : is it repositioning?
Reading Level:
1680 Lexile.
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ISBN:
9780275958589
Format :
Book

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Summary

The United States has long dominated economic as well as political affairs in the Caribbean. Recently, however, the relations between the US and the Caribbean nations have been changing. In the early 1980s, the United States unilaterally announced the Caribbean Basin Initiative, which was a set of tariff concessions to the region designed to improve the overall economic situation. More recently, the Association of Caribbean States was created to bring together the islands and countries on the Caribbean rim in an attempt to reposition the region in light of the development of powerful trading blocs in the western hemisphere and Europe. This volume brings together essays that explore the historical, political, and economic dimensions of US-Caribbean relations. As such, it will be of considerable use to scholars and researchers of the Caribbean, economic development, and international relations.

This volume brings together essays that explore the historical, political, and economic dimensions of US-Caribbean relations. As such, it will be of considerable use to scholars and researchers of the Caribbean, economic development, and international relations.


Author Notes

RANSFORD. W. PALMER is Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Economics at Howard University. Among his earlier publications are Pilgrims from the Sun: West Indian Migration to America (1995), In Search of a Better Life: Perspectives on Migration from the Caribbean (Praeger, 1990), and Caribbean Dependence on the United States Economy (Praeger, 1979).


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Choice Review

This is a useful and updated volume on contemporary US-Caribbean relations. The book is divided into three sections providing a historical overview of the Caribbean and a discussion of the politics and economics of US-Caribbean relations. The majority of the book's 11 chapters cover a range of issues related to the theme of Caribbean repositioning vis-`a-vis the US in this era of globalization. The contributors are evenly divided between advocates of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) and continued neoliberal economic policies for the Caribbean, and those who emphasize the latter's negative impact on vulnerable groups within Caribbean society. Eroding benefits enjoyed under the CBI and Caribbean parity of access to the US market under NAFTA are themes emphasized. The newly created Association of Caribbean States (ACS) is seen by several authors as unnecessary with no significance for US-Caribbean relations, while others see it as a mechanism to better position the Caribbean to negotiate with an increasingly powerful US. The chapters on Haiti and Cuba, while interesting and important, are not effectively linked to the "repositioning" theme of the book. This volume represents an important contribution to the recent literature and is highly recommended for academic and large public libraries. Appropriate for all levels. C. J. Edie; University of Massachusetts at Amherst


Table of Contents

IntroductionRansford W. Palmer
Historical Overview
The Caribbean: The American Proscenium or, the Americas Began ThereFranklin W. Knight
The Politics of US-Caribbean Relations
The Association of Caribbean States and US-Caribbean RelationsCedric Grant
US-Cuban Relations: Moving Beyond the Cold War to the New International Order?H. Michael Erisman
The US-UN Military Intervention and the Prospects for Democracy in HaitiAlex Dupuy
The Economics of US-Caribbean Relations US-Haiti
Trade Relations: From Bilateral to Trade BlocKathleen Dorsainvil
US-Caribbean Trade Relations over the Last Decade: From CBI to ACSGregory K. Schoepfle
The Washington Consensus and the Prospects for Authentic Development in the CaribbeanWilfred L. David
A Post-NAFTA US Trade Policy for the CaribbeanGeorge A. Dalley
ACS: A Distraction from the FTAA ProcessJohn Harrington and Peter Johnson
Assessment Assessing the New Association of Caribbean States and US-Caribbean Relations: Is It Repositioning?Leslie F. Manigat
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Contributors

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