1st Edition

The United States and the Caribbean Transforming Hegemony and Sovereignty

By Anthony P. Maingot, Wilfredo Lozano Copyright 2005
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume provides the first comprehensive assessment of post-Cold War US-Caribbean relations.

    Focusing on Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad-Tobago, the book looks at the political history of the region during the Cold War years, the region's current political economy, international security, and issues of migration and crime. Spanning the Caribbean's linguistic and cultural sub regions (Spanish, French, English, and Dutch) it calls attention to the achievements, setbacks, and concerns that are common to the region.

    The United States and the Caribbean will be of interest to students and scholars of economics, geography and politics and international relations in general.

    1.The Special U.S- Caribbean Relationship  1.1 An Historical Hegemonic Relationship  1.2 Globalization and the Modification of Hegemony and Sovereignty  2. The Caribbean during and at the End of the Cold War (1970s, 1980s)  2.1 Historical Antecedents of the Cold War  2.2 Regional Geopolitics and Local Perceptions of Threat  3. The End of the Cold War and the Changing Hegemonic Relationship  3.1 Haiti: The U.S.’s First Post-Cold War Intervention  3.2 New Actors, New Policies: Paradigm Changes in the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago  4. Globalization and the Challenges to Regional Development  4.1 Size and Vulnerability: The Dilemmas of Tourism, Transportation and Agriculture  4.2 Integrating Globally: Caribbean Export Processing Zones and Multinationals  5. Threats to Sovereignty: Local, Regional and International  5.1 Smuggling: Drugs and Guns  5.2 Small Players, Global Game: The Shifting Context of ‘Secrecy Havens’  6. Transnational Complexities in U.S.-Caribbean Relations  6.1 The Positive: Migration and the Rise of Binational Societies  6.2 The Negative: Violent Crime and Corruption: Democracy and Sovereignty Threatened  Conclusion


    Anthony P. Maingot is professor of sociology at Florida International University.

    Wilfredo Lozano is Secretary General of FLACSO, an international organization funded by UNESCO, and dedicated to promoting the study of the social sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean.