Future of the Caribbean
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Person InterviewedKirkpatrick, Jeane
Examines the United States’ role and interests in the Caribbean in the aftermath of the invasion of Grenada.
The Caribbean has long been a region of critical importance not only to the United States, but also to the security and prosperity of all the countries in the western hemisphere. As a strategic waterway, the Caribbean is vital to economic and military interests alike. Yet the Caribbean is also home to a great variety of people and governments, which in the 1980s ranged from the one-man regime of Jean-Claude Duvalier in Haiti to the parliamentary democracy of Dominica. In October 1983 one of these governments, that of Grenada’s Marxist leader Maurice Bishop, was toppled in a bloody military coup. Bishop was murdered by even more radical Marxists who feared a drift towards moderation. In response, thousands of American soldiers and a small force from six Caribbean states stormed the tiny island nation and promptly ousted the reigning military junta. Although President Reagan claimed the invasion was justified, citing the Soviet and Cuban military presence on the island as well as the liberator’s welcome that greeted American troops, the invasion outraged allies such as the United Kingdom, who viewed it as a blatant violation of international law. In the wake of the invasion of Grenada, host Peter Krogh and his guests discuss the future of the Caribbean -- what are our objectives in this region of the world, and does the invasion of Grenada mark a return to the Monroe Doctrine for the United States? Featuring Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica and Chairwoman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean Nations.
Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean; Grenada;
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