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Tillerson’s Jamaica visit will divide CARICOM, Unless…

Tillerson’s Jamaica visit will divide CARICOM, Unless… Ambassador Curtis A. Ward While Secretary Rex Tillerson’s scheduled visit to Jamaica has been received with some level of scepticism, any visit by a U.S. Secretary of State to Jamaica should be welcome news. Ordinarily, such visits are expressions of good working relationships, and often used to strengthen ties even further.  On the other hand, there are also visits by U.S. Secretaries of State which are triggered by disagreements on...

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Conversation with Earl Jarrett – CEO of JN Group and Chair of Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference 2017

Conversation with Earl Jarrett – CEO of JN Group and Chair of Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference 2017 Ambassador Curtis A. Ward, Host – CaribNation TV (20 Sept. 2017) — In a wide-ranging conversation on the role and importance of the Jamaican Diaspora to Jamaica, Mr. Earl Jarrett, CEO of JN Group, who was chairman of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference 2017, provided an approach which should find resonance with members of the Diaspora; and which offers specific ideas for the way...

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P.J. Patterson, In His Own Words – Interview with CaribNation TV

P.J. Patterson, In His Own Words – Interview with CaribNation TV I sat down as CaribNation TV Host with the Most Honorable P. J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica at his New Kingston Office in Jamaica in July 2017 for a conversation which covered a broad range of issues.  This conversation with the former Jamaican Prime Minister occured while the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference 2017 was underway at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, attended by over a thousand Jamaicans...

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Implementing the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act

Implementing the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (21 July 2017) — As pointed out by Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, in his opening remarks at the Committee’s hearing on implementation of the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 – Public Law No: 114-291 (the Act) on July 19, 2017, having received the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean (the Strategy) report submitted...

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Caribbean Response to COVID-19: A conversation with representatives of regional players

Caribbean Response to COVID-19 Conversation Hosted by Ambassador Curtis Ward for CaribNation TV and The Ward Post  Special Guests: Dr. Joy St. John, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA); Dr. Douglas Slater, CARICOM Assistant Secretary General – Human and Social Development; Professor Dr. Clive Landis, Chairman, University of the West Indies COVID-19 Task Force   This discussion explores the many important ways Caribbean regional institutions are...

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Caribbean Diaspora aroused with show of discontent

Caribbean Diaspora aroused demonstrating discontent Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (04 December 2019) — Discontent within Caribbean diaspora communities is growing in intensity. To most governments in the region, peaceful demonstrations on the streets far removed from the homeland are viewed as non-threatening and inconsequential, thus easily ignored and dismissed. But they should take heed! What they see is only the tip of the iceberg. Traditionally, diaspora’s passionate patriotism has...

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Collateral Damage from Trump’s Actions Destabilize Caribbean Countries

Collateral Damage from Trump’s Actions Destabilize Caribbean Countries Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (13 May 2018) –In just under 16 months of President Donald Trump’s administration, actions taken by the American president are sending shock waves across the Caribbean and the world. Unintended consequences – collateral damage – from U.S. actions threaten to destabilize the fragile economies and security of Caribbean countries.  The Trump storm is creating new dynamics in geopolitical...

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Tillerson’s Jamaica visit will divide CARICOM, Unless…

Tillerson’s Jamaica visit will divide CARICOM, Unless… Ambassador Curtis A. Ward While Secretary Rex Tillerson’s scheduled visit to Jamaica has been received with some level of scepticism, any visit by a U.S. Secretary of State to Jamaica should be welcome news. Ordinarily, such visits are expressions of good working relationships, and often used to strengthen ties even further.  On the other hand, there are also visits by U.S. Secretaries of State which are triggered by disagreements on...

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Trump’s security assistance cuts and Pompeo’s Jamaica promises diverge

Trump’s security assistance cuts and Pompeo’s Jamaica promises diverge Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (25 February 2020) — On the 10th anniversary of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), former president Barack Obama’s signature security assistance partnership with the Caribbean, president Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget cut proposal undermines the bold promises made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his recent visit to Jamaica. Even as Pompeo was in...

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Questions I would have asked Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Questions I would have asked Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (29 Nov. 2018) — As a Host of CaribNation TV, I requested an interview with Jamaican Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness to take place during his visit to Washington DC from November 25-29, 2018. With the expectation that I would have the opportunity to sit down with the Prime Minister, I was asked to submit the subject areas for the interview which I provided in great detail. I was...

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Trinidad & Tobago Faces Terrorist Threat

Trinidad & Tobago Faces Terrorist Threat Ambassador Curtis A. Ward It came as no surprise when news broke that U.S. intelligence services had warned the Government of Trinidad & Tobago (Trinidad) of plots to carry out terrorist attacks during Trinidad’s Carnival 2018 celebrations. Trinidad has been vulnerable for years and successive governments have failed to undertake necessary and timely action to ensure that the country has in place appropriate laws, and administrative and...

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When Patterson Speaks, We Listen

When Patterson Speaks, We Listen Ambassador Curtis Ward We are living in a period of complex and challenging times. The entire global landscape is experiencing geopolitical and security instability. There is hardly any issue that is entirely local, and every issue is interconnected to varying degrees to competing geopolitical interests, global economic realities, or international security. No country can ignore the competing interests of the most powerful countries. Neither can we ignore the...

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Jamaica’s ‘Not voting’ Shame at the UN

Jamaica’s ‘Not voting’ Shame at the UN Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (29 October 2023) — The responsibilities of states to formulate policies, their representatives at the United Nations in New York to execute such policy, requires continuous consultations between the UN Permanent Missions and their respective ministries of foreign affairs, or with the agency of government to which each country’s UN Mission reports. These are appropriate and necessary functions of the respective parts...

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Israel-Hamas war could be catalyst for two-state solution

Israel-Hamas war could be catalyst for two-state solution Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (10/21/2023) — The ongoing Israel-Hamas war is already the deadliest in decades for both Israelis and Palestinians. In response to Hamas’s deadly attacks on Israel on October 7, 2023, indiscriminately killing Israeli civilians, including women, children, and the elderly, the taking of hostages across the border into Israel, and destroying Israeli civilian infrastructure, the ultra-right Netanyahu-led...

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Biden’s options in the Israel-Hamas War

Biden’s options in the Israel-Hamas War Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (15 October 2023) — The situation in the Middle East, particularly the Palestinian question and Israel’s resistance to a two-state solution and the rights of displaced Palestinians to return to their homeland, has been inherited by successive U.S. presidents. Lack of progress, and often reverse of forward steps advancing peace, has been determined mostly by the ideological determinants of the government in Israel...

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Israel’s ultimate response to Hamas could go very wrong

  Israel’s ultimate response to Hamas could go very wrong Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (12 October 2023) — The broad-based empathy with the people of Israel could quickly erode if Israel’s response is one of mere vengeance devoid of rationality. While applauded by some, Israel’s scorched earth and indiscriminate bombings of Gaza, as Palestinian civilian casualties rise, could see applause change from defense of Israel’s right to defend itself to international opprobrium and...

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Terrorism by any standard

Terrorism by any standard Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (10 October 2023) — There will be several perspectives, analyses, and conclusions about Hamas’ attack on Israel.  Many will be hard pressed not to include the Palestinian cause as the raison d’être for Hamas’ actions.  Others will blame Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s long-held animosity and policies, his history of suppression and denial of the rights of the Palestinians, and more recent actions against West Bank...