Obama administration and Jamaica U.S.-Jamaica relations

Conversations with America: U.S.-Jamaica Relations during President Obama’s Administration

Conversations with America: U.S.-Jamaica Relations during President Obama’s Administration

Ambassador Curtis Ward and Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, then U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica

March 16, 2012


Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, and Ambassador Curtis Ward, former ambassador of Jamaica to the United Nations and currently President of the Caribbean Research and Policy Center have a conversation on U.S.-Jamaica Relations, moderated by Deputy Assistant Secretary Cheryl Benton, from the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2012.

In light of the future effect of President Trump’s budget cuts on USAID and other U.S.-Jamaica programs, it is worth revisiting these issues. The issues discussed include: security programs under President Obama’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative; curbing illicit trafficking in firearms from the U.S. to Jamaica;  U.S. assistance in putting in place a safety net for the vulnerable population in light of expected conditions under then impending IMF agreement; all USAID programs in Jamaica; developing alternative energy resources in Jamaica; and increased access to student visas to attend tertiary institutions in the U.S.

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Ambassador Curtis A. Ward

Ambassador Curtis A. Ward is a former Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations with Special Responsibility for Security Council Affairs (1999-2002) serving on the UN Security Council for two years. He served three years as Expert Adviser to the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee. He is an Attorney-at-Law and International Consultant with extensive knowledge and experience in national and international legal and policy frameworks for effective implementation of United Nations (UN) and other international anti-terrorism mandates; the legal and administrative requirements to effectively implement and enforce anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT); extensive knowledge of the legal and regulatory requirements for effective implementation and enforcement of United Nations multilateral and U.S.-imposed unilateral sanctions; and the imperatives for Rule of Law and governance. He is a geopolitical and international security analyst, and a human rights, democracy, and anticorruption advocate.

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