This E-book follows a July 2020 two-day conference co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Suriname and Global Americans. The virtual summit brought together regional and international experts to examine possible paths toward political, environmental, and economic stability in the Caribbean. Relatively recent discoveries of large oil reserves off the coasts of Guyana and Suriname on the one hand, and growing Venezuelan refugee flows on the other, loomed in the backdrop of many panel discussions. The conference concluded with a number of recommendations, including a call for increased U.S. attention to the region in terms of both foreign assistance and engagement by senior-level policymakers. This E-book details the analysis and recommendations made by these experts.
The E-book is broken down into six chapters. Chapters two through four are dedicated to Suriname, chapter five covers Haiti, chapter six covers the Caribbean, good governance and the global accountability regime, and chapter seven provides recommendations for good governance. The last two chapters seek to put the Caribbean into a broader comparative perspective, which underscores the point that the region is not just seen by its own population for its positives and negatives, but also by external forces, ranging from multilateral lenders, private sector businesses, investors, and rating agencies.
Global Americans would like to extend special thanks to Mavrick Boejoekoe in Suriname, Anthony Bryan in Trinidad and Tobago, and Scott MacDonald in the U.S. for their support in organizing the July 2020 conference. Global Americans would also like to extend our appreciation to the U.S. Embassy in Suriname and Ambassador Karen Williams in particular. Finally, all of the editors are most appreciative to the panel participants for their time and insights, including: Rayah Bhattacharji, Sharda Ganja, Dr. S. Jabbar, Dr. Georges A. Fauriol, Dr. Anthony Bryan, Dr. Maarten Schalkwijk, and Bruce Zagaris.