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Latest Commentaries

A new commentary has been posted. It is entitled: Lee Kuan-Yew's Caribbean rescue.  The commentary recalls the Singapore leader's crucial role at the 1983 Commonwealth Summit in Delhi when the mood of the developing countries was to condemn Eastern Caribbean countries, Jamaica and Barbados for participating with the United States to invade Grenada after a military coup.  Lee's intervention rescued the Caribbean nations from the public criticism of the Commonwealth and opened the way for a study of security challenges in small states.

Lee Kuan Yew, The Queen and India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

The previous commentary is:Vanuatu and Tuvalu: Inadequate response to human suffering. The commentary points out that, in its report to Commonwealth Heads of Government, “A Commonwealth of the People: Time for Urgent Reform”, the Eminent Persons Group had recommended that the 53-nation Commonwealth establish a disaster management capacity.  Unfortunately the recommendation was not implemented. Therefore, the Commonwealth as an organisation has not responded well to the human tragedy in the Pacific.

Cyclone Pam's path of destruction in Vanuatu

 The previous commentary is:US and Venezuela: Don't fan the flames, put out the fire.  It points out that the United States government says that the sanctions being applied against Venezuelan officials are aimed at the promotion and protection of human rights while the Venezuelan government regards US actions as designed to overthrow it.  Since the two countries are signatories to the 2001 Inter-American Democratic Charter which upholds both “non-intervention” and the “promotion and protection of human rights, there is a basis that could be used to bring the countries to the table of dialogue.  The role of the Caribbean should be to help broker a dialogue.

US President Obama and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro - the heat goes on.

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) for Sir Ronald

On Friday October 24th, Sir Ronald was conferred with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) by the University of the West Indies at its St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.  Sir Ronald also delivered an address to the graduating class of 2014.   His address and the citation appear in the "Lectures and Interviews" section of this website.

Sir Ronald Sanders addressing 2014 UWI graduating Social Sciences Faculty at St Augustine, Trinidad

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Sir Ronald Sanders is a business executive and former Caribbean diplomat who publishes widely on Small States in the global community.



Welcome to this website. I have created it in response to many requests for access to commentaries I have written, lectures I have given and interviews that have been broadcast or printed in the media on matters related to the political economy of the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.

These requests have come from university students, publications, academics, government officials and business people in many parts of the world. In the course of responding to these requests, I have been pleased to build up a network of global contacts who now receive my commentaries weekly.

From a career that encompassed broadcast and print journalism, development and commercial banking, diplomacy and international negotiations in both the public and private sectors, I am privileged to draw on wide and varied experiences to write, lecture and undertake consultancies. I have taken the greatest pleasure in receiving comments and criticism from people all over the world that the Internet has made a “village”. I have learned from many of the comments I received. They have caused me to reflect on my own thinking. Through this website, I hope to communicate regularly with all who write to me.

The website is now a permanent repository of the weekly commentaries going back several years. Anyone is free to access them here, and to cite them provided my permission is sought in advance through the “Contact me” mechanism. A few of the lectures I have given in Britain and in the Caribbean are also posted on the site in a PDF format which can be easily downloaded. Again, I would make the same request to seek my permission before citing the material.

From time to time, where it is possible, the site will also reflect consultancies that I undertake that may have an interested audience beyond the companies and organizations with which I work.

I invite responses to my writings, and inquiries about the experience and knowledge I can bring to achieving the objectives of companies and organizations that do business related to the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.

My consulting work includes: country investment advice; negotiations with governments and international organizations; structuring and implementing public affairs programmes; designing public relations and information strategies; negotiations with financial institutions and organizing and participating in seminars for interest groups such as journalists, diplomats, and specialized academics.

Kind regards

Ronald Sanders