Covid, Crime, and Climate Change in the Caribbean: 'Perspectives from the Participants of the Caribbean Defense and Security Course (CDSC) 2021'   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Introduction: "Thanks to the online technology that we have all become well accustomed to, the Perry Center was able to organize a virtual CDSC [Caribbean Defense and Security Course] in August 2021 bringing together 48 participants from eleven Caribbean countries for a week of online learning and dialogue. Understandably, the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic permeated many of the academic sessions. Pandemics had been another bullet point on a long list of real and potential threats to the security of the region, but COVID-19 took these phenomena out of the realm of the theoretical and/or marginal (Zika, SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome], Ebola, etc.) and placed them right at the center of global politics and national security. [...] Each CDSC participant was required to write a short essay, an Op-Ed of sorts, on a relevant topic of their choosing to complete the course. Here, we share a selection of eighteen of those 48 essays, chosen by Perry Center professors and written by soldiers, police officers, members of parliament, representatives of regional organizations, civilian government officials and journalists from the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. These essays cover the entire gamut of defense and security issues relevant to the Caribbean. We hope they provoke some thought among readers and help us all think more deeply and creatively about how our governments and institutions can work together as we emerge from the pandemic and move towards the new normal."

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