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UPEI lecture will explore overcoming ‘small size’ in Caribbean

Dr. Nand C. Bardouille
Dr. Nand C. Bardouille - Submitted

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The next edition of the 2018 Island Studies Lecture Series features the research of Dr. Nand C. Bardouille on the important role of regional integration in Caribbean island states to overcome the disadvantages associated with their smaller size. The lecture is Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the faculty lounge of UPEI’s SDU Main Building. All are welcome.

“Either we integrate or we perish…” For 40-plus years, this famous aphorism has given impetus to a grouping of mainly small-island states in the Caribbean Basin that is endeavouring to advance regional integration. This lecture addresses the question: what role does the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) play in positioning its members to overcome their small size in the international system?

CARICOM is a grouping of 15 member states and five associate members, which span the archipelagic state of The Bahamas in the northern part of the Caribbean Basin to the low-lying coastal states of Suriname and Guyana in South America.

Dr. Bardouille will call attention to the vitally important role of collaborative regional governance arrangements in undergirding the viability of Caribbean island states. He will focus on how CARICOM enables co-ordinated regional responses to constraints/vulnerabilities associated with small size and the achievement of policy success for its members that face existential threats such as climate change and transnational crime. He will trace the key milestones/achievements of and the challenges that confront CARICOM and will reflect on CARICOM’s prospects.

Bardouille, a national of Dominica, is currently a visiting professor in the Master of Arts in Island Studies program at UPEI.

Watch for another lecture about islands — near and far — coming in April. For more information, contact Laurie Brinklow at iis@upei.ca or (902) 894-2881.

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