Policy Briefs, April, 2009
At previous Summits of the Americas, concerns of small states have often been overshadowed by those of the hemisphere's larger powers. The Caribbean's host status at the fifth Summit emphasizes its need to find innovative and somewhat unorthodox forms of diplomatic engagement to ensure its interests are met. This policy brief discusses the ability of these small states to put key Caribbean policy issues such as regional security, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity at the top of the summit agenda.
In this policy brief written against the backdrop of current G20 discussions, CIGI Distinguished Fellow John Whalley and Professor Simon Evenett argue that "green" protectionist actions by industrialized countries reduce the likelihood of a successful deal at the UN-sponsored global climate change talks at Copenhagen in December 2009.