The Integrationist

Caribbean

Dedicated to the Caribbean Integration Process

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The Integrationist Caribbean

Dedicated to the Caribbean Integration Process

The Integrationist

Academic Resources On Caribbean Integration

Economic Integration

By the time the Caribbean Community got down to work on giving practical effect to its stated purpose of fulfilling “within the shortest possible time the hopes and aspirations of the Caribbean Territories…” by means of Economic Integration, forces were gathering which would challenge its very existence. Indeed, the birth of the Caribbean Community coincided with the unleashing of events which would plunge the World into its most profound economic crisis since the 1930s.

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Foreign Policy

The Member States of the Caribbean Community are enjoined by the Treaty of Chaguaramas to present a common front to the external world, both in terms of politics and economics. While the Community’s record in this regard is not unblemished, there is much to be proud of. The Community and its Member States have participated in the drama of the liberation of Southern Africa, collectively affirmed their position during the unstable period in the ‘70s in Central America.

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Functional Cooperation

Functional Co-operation predates the Caribbean Community. There has been contact between the various peoples of the Region in various ways and in different forms. For example, organisations which brought the civil servants of the Region and lawyers have existed long before functional co-operation formalised this kind of exchange. These exchanges have served to strengthen the bonds which exist between the Caribbean peoples in a signal way.

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Security

Regional integration in the Caribbean has always had an implicit security dimension. It has been driven by small state perceptions of their political and economic vulnerability vis-à-vis the external environment and the need for collective responses. Since 1973, a number of institutions have evolved to provide responses in the form of regular consultations and declaratory diplomacy, harmonized approaches to national security, dispute settlement and conflict management initiatives.

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Our Mission

The countries and territories of what presently constitutes the Caribbean have had a long history of trying to actualize an organic impulse towards integration, beginning with the Federation of the West Indies in the middle of the latter century and resulting in the dynamic processes that constitute CARICOM, CARIFORUM, the OECS and the ACS today. The central purpose of The Integrationist is to source and contextualise information – relating to regional integration – primarily to inform the people of the Caribbean. This entity – founded by Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, Honorary Distinguished Research Fellow at UWI and Mrs. Myrtle Chuck-A-Sang, Managing Director of The Integrationist – is an independent policy advocacy and education organisation, launched to contribute to the promotion of the work of regional integration. Our strategy is three-fold – Framing – We intend to play a primary role in contextualizing the concept, process and end-goal of integration by stimulating ideas and engendering dialogue in order to arrive at a consensus on regional integration.