Author Archive: Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the OAS. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are his own

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The new burden of diplomacy: the enemy within

The new burden of diplomacy: the enemy within

| July 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The mess resulting from reports that the British Ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, made about President Donald Trump and his administration, underscore the dangers of leaking confidential government documents. If nothing else comes of this affair, the identification and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for leaking Sir Kim’s confidential and […]

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Making a difference: the example of António Guterres

Making a difference: the example of António Guterres

| July 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

In his three and a half years as Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres has proved himself sensitive and alert to the difficulties confronting Caribbean states.  He has been an example that Secretaries-General of other inter-governmental organisations would do well to emulate, particularly those interested in being elected for second terms. His address to the 40th Regular Meeting […]

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OAS should promote systemic change in Haiti

OAS should promote systemic change in Haiti

| June 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

In what is increasingly becoming a pattern of ignoring established procedures and authority in the Organisation of American States (OAS), a delegation went to troubled Haiti on June 19 without any discussion or mandate by the Permanent Council, the organ responsible for making and overseeing policy between General Assemblies. The results of the unmandated OAS […]

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St Vincent on the UN Security Council: more valuable than coin

St Vincent on the UN Security Council: more valuable than coin

| June 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Make no mistake about it, the election of St Vincent and the Grenadines – one of the world’s smallest states – to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is both an important and timely event. The election, primarily by the world’s developing states, has occurred when there is increased intolerance of […]

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Edward Seaga: A Caribbean Enigma

Edward Seaga: A Caribbean Enigma

| June 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Edward Seaga was a great Jamaican patriot well deserving of the many tributes that have been paid to him concerning his devoted service to his country.  But, he was not a regionalist and his tenure as Prime Minister of Jamaica, from 1980 to 1989, contributed to the deceleration of the regional integration process. In January 2015, […]

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BROWNE AND MOTTLEY: Shapers of the regional future

BROWNE AND MOTTLEY: Shapers of the regional future

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Prime Ministers Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda and Mia Mottley of Barbados are two of the Caribbean’s young and dynamic leaders, both workaholics with clear and determined visions for the betterment of their countries.   Each of them is a committed regionalist, notwithstanding insinuations to the contrary in sections of the regional media. Because of their […]

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CARICOM must unify to resist imposition of OAS Boss

CARICOM must unify to resist imposition of OAS Boss

| May 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Readers of this commentary, particularly those in small countries, might wonder why they should be concerned about who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of any multilateral or international organisation.   It could be claimed that the disposition of the person, holding such an office, is far removed from the existence of people who are focused on […]

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BELIZE: The people have spoken, politicians should respect them

BELIZE: The people have spoken, politicians should respect them

| May 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

As territorial claims go, Guatemala’s claim to all – every square inch – of Belize is, perhaps, the most outrageous.   The only thing that is more outrageous than the scale of the claim is the argument on which it is based. In this context, it would have been right to expect the Belizean electorate, at […]

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CARICOM divide must be bridged

CARICOM divide must be bridged

| May 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s no secret that the countries of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) are divided over the response to the situation in Venezuela.   Detractors of the CARICOM project and Caribbean integration have seized upon the obvious cleavage in the grouping to advance their view that not only is Caribbean integration not possible, it isn’t […]

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The Caribbean ideals of Alister McIntyre

The Caribbean ideals of Alister McIntyre

| April 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sir Meredith Alister McIntyre was born in Grenada but for much of his life, dedicated to promoting the interests of the Caribbean, few knew his birth place.  What they knew was that he belonged to a group of West Indian thinkers whose identity was West Indian and who worked assiduously in the collective interest of the […]

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