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CARICOM’s  Shame!

CARICOM’s  Shame! Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (22 December 2020) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continued its descent to a new low, having lost all pretense to regional unity. CARICOM’s shame is visited upon the organization by the actions, and in some cases inactions of its members. The issue which has laid bare many of the weaknesses inherent in this regional organization is the Venezuela crisis. Most importantly, CARICOM members are split on who is the legitimate president of...

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Pompeo’s visit to Jamaica shatters any hope of Caribbean unity

Pompeo’s visit to Jamaica shatters any hope of Caribbean unity Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (20 January 2020) – The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s agenda in visiting Jamaica on January 21st is to pursue the Trump administration’s geopolitical agenda in the hemisphere, and in particular to ensure continued support in the Organization of American States (OAS). With the exception of the five Caribbean leaders invited to Mar-a-Lago by president Donald Trump, as a token of appreciation...

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Stalemate in UN Security Council leaves Venezuelan crisis on the brink

Stalemate in UN Security Council leaves Venezuelan crisis on the brink Ambassador Curtis (April 08, 2018) — As the pressure mounts on Nicolás Maduro’s regime many analysts no longer question whether his regime will collapse but when and exactly how it will happen. Russia’s role in Venezuela is still unclear, but I strongly believe that Russia does not want a military confrontation with the United States so far removed from Russia’s borders. Military engagement in Venezuela does...

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Diplomacy never in Trump’s Playbook on Venezuela

Diplomacy never in Trump’s Playbook on Venezuela Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (03/25/2019) — From the very outset of President Donald Trump’s Administration it became evident that diplomacy was not in the new U.S. president’s tool box. It was patently clear that the Trump Administration would conduct foreign affairs contrary to widely accepted diplomatic norms. President Trump showed no interest in the State Department and diplomatic statecraft. Coercion and force would be...

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Former CARICOM Leaders Call for Dialogue in Venezuela

Former CARICOM Leaders Call for Dialogue in Venezuela Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (23 February 2019) — In a statement issued February 22, 2019, five former leaders of CARICOM Member States, P.J. Patterson (Jamaica), Said W. Musa (Belize), Owen Arthur (Barbados), Kenny Anthony (St. Lucia), and Lester Bird (Antigua & Barbuda) denounced the threat or use of force to settle the political impasse in Venezuela. The former leaders expressed their support for “the CARICOM call on all...