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President Putin’s actions are jeopardising economic peace and growth: The world should say “no more”

By Sir Ronald Sanders

 

“Every bullet, every bomb, every shell that hits a target in Ukraine, hits our pockets and our economies in Africa.”   Those were the words of the President of Ghana, Akufo-Addo, at the UN General Assembly on September 21.

The Ghanaian President was referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which aggravated an already difficult worldwide economic situation, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While he spoke as an African, Akufo-Addo could have been speaking for every developing region of the world, including the Caribbean. 

Several African countries now have inflation rates, surging three to four times higher than they were just two years ago.  The situation is no different in the Caribbean region. 

If the world was turned upside down because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is damaging it still further.   And, with no end in sight.

No region of the world, or any person within regions, has escaped the consequences of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ill-advised invasion of Ukraine, clearly aimed at seizure of large tracts of Ukrainian land and strategic access to the sea and global commerce.

In July, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said “global growth is projected to slow from an estimated 6.1 percent in 2021 to 3.6 percent in 2022 and 2023. This is 0.8 and 0.2 percentage points lower for 2022 and 2023 than projected in January”.  

The IMF emphasized that the economic costs of the Russian war against Ukraine “are expected to spread farther afield through commodity markets, trade, and—to a lesser extent—financial interlinkages. Fuel and food price rises are already having a global impact, with vulnerable populations—particularly in low-income countries—most affected”.

Therefore, the troubling economic and financial situation should completely dispel the illusion, held by some in the developing world that the war has  nothing to do with us.  In fact, the entire world has a vested interest in encouraging its immediate end.

The leaders of the two most important developing countries, Xi Jinping of China and Narendra Modi of India recently indicated their concerns about the war.   Significantly Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, has called for an end to the war in Ukraine "as soon as possible through diplomatic channels."  

As in all unpopular wars – and this one certainly is – Russian military forces have been losing ground to the more committed Ukrainian troops.   The former are soldiers, carrying out orders; the latter are men and women determined to protect their homeland with their lives.  Despite the superior Russian military firepower, especially missiles launched from areas bordering Ukraine, the Ukrainians, armed with improved weaponry - gifted by sympathetic nations - and fortified by a patriotic resoluteness, have pushed Russian troops out of Ukrainian territory that they had earlier seized.

This has caused President Putin to announce conscription of reservists and other civilians.  But his plan has met resistance.  More than 800 Russians were arrested in anti-war demonstrations in 37 cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, according to the independent Russian human rights group OVD-Info. The number of men fleeing the country has increased as has widespread protests by Russian citizens.   

The protestors have been assaulted with military force and hundreds have been detained.  Journalists in Moscow, with the international news agency, Associated Press, reported that they witnessed at least a dozen arrests in the first 15 minutes of a night-time protest in the capital, with police in heavy body armour tackling demonstrators and , hauling some away as they chanted, “No to war!”

Fighting a war, which relies on reluctant conscripts, is unlikely to bring the success that Putin told the Russian people was imminent.  Instead, the Ukrainians have recaptured vast swathes of Russian-occupied territory.  In addition to sinking confidence in any achievement, resulting from the war, the Russia economy is also suffering.

Despite all this, and in a departure from reality, President Putin is planning to hold referenda “on joining Russia” in areas of the Ukraine that Russian troops occupy.

Referenda in the middle of a war, and with the population living under the guns of occupying forces, would hardly be credible to any nation in the global community.  However, the decision to hold them clearly shows Putin’s intention  to annex the areas to Russia.   Consequently, the war will escalate further, as the Ukrainians intensify their resistance.

The referenda are scheduled to start on September 23 and to continue for 5 days, after which Russia will no doubt announce that the people of the areas have voted in favour, and they have opted to join Russia.   In his quest to re-establish the Soviet Union, President Putin is doing so by seizing the territory of a neighbouring state and balkanizing it.  This is a grave violation of the international legal order, which Russia was party to establishing, and which has been applied by the UN Security Council since 1945.

But, in the way of powerful nations, rules and laws are discarded when it does not suit the ambitions of their governments.

Every government, at the United Nations General Assembly this month, at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States next month, and in every international meeting, should make it very clear to President Putin that the war against Ukraine is not only unpopular, but it is fast becoming a war against global economic peace and growth, which are vital conditions for economic progress in developing countries.

Developing countries, especially, small states, depend on adherence to international law; they also need global peace that facilitates travel for tourism, aid money being spent on development and not on arms, and competitive commerce that reduces high prices for food and other goods.

 

President Putin has jeopardized all that.   

Latest Statement at the OAS Permanent Council

On 12th August 2022, the OAS Permanent Council adopred bt 27 votes (out of 34), a Resolution on the Situation in Nicaragua.   The Resolution was introduced by Sir Ronald Sanders who was part of a group of 10 Heads of Mission that cosponsored the Resolution in the wake worsening conditions of repression.  Below is the Statement that opened the Permanent Council debate:

Statement by Sir Ronald Sanders, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, introducing the Resolution on the Situation in Nicaragua at the Special Meeting of the Permanent Council of the OAS on Friday, 12 August 2022

 

Thank you very much, Madam Chair.

I begin by first thanking the speakers from the UN Group of Human Rights Experts on Nicaragua and the President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for their informative, but deeply troubling presentations, on the current situation in Nicaragua.

Their reports give cause for great alarm and emphasise the necessity and importance for this Permanent Council to raise its collective voice, concerning the worsening situation in a member state of our Hemispheric family of nations.

I also thank the 9 other delegations that have cosponsored this Resolution with Antigua and Barbuda:  They are: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Peru, the United States of America and Uruguay.

Distinguished Colleagues, how have we got to the stage of yet another Resolution on Nicaragua?

We have not got here by our choosing.

We have got here because, regrettably, the actions of the Government of Nicaragua against its own people have become increasingly more oppressive and repressive.

None of us can sit by in silence while arbitrary detentions persist, resulting in an increasing number of detainees, including women and elderly persons, are being held in appalling conditions

Civil Society organisations, including Church Bodies and Universities, are being stripped of their legal status on spurious and unsubstantiated accusations, simply because the Nicaragua Government is determined to forcibly stifle any semblance of dissent.

Journalism has become a crime in all but name. 

The media is suffering relentless harassment, pushing foreign media out of the country and intimidating what is left of a local independent press.

Not even the Church has been spared in this growing and worrying atmosphere of heightened repression.

Many of our delegations have seen the horrifying pictures of Bishop Rolando Alvarez on his knees, begging for mercy while a group of armed police officers surround him, after he was banned from celebrating mass.

These are not events about which responsible Governments can turn a blind eye and remain silent.

Under our Charters, we observe a constraint not to interfere in the internal affairs of a State, but we also have an obligation and a responsibility to speak out for any of our peoples who are subject to cruel and inhumane treatment, which amounts to torture.

I remind that Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, states, with absolute clarity, that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

And, this right is non-derogable.

This means it is a person’s core human right, which must be respected and cannot be taken away or suspended for any reason.

The Charter is binding on us all, including Nicaragua.

Colleagues, these are the circumstances that have brought us to consider this Resolution today.

They are not of our making.

They are entirely due to the repressive and oppressive actions of the Nicaraguan government.

These are the actions of the Nicaraguan government that are causing its own people to flee to neighbouring states, placing enormous burdens on them at a time of grave economic difficulty and uncertainty in the world.

I remind that, for several years now, this Permanent Council has tried strenuously to engage the Government of Nicaragua, repeatedly offering the hand of friendship to help restore democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights in accordance with our governing Charters.

We last did so 8 months ago, on December 8th, 2021 by a Resolution in which we authorised the Secretary-General to seek a meeting with the Nicaraguan Government to convey our offer of a high-level good offices mission.

On January 19, this year, the Secretary General reported to this Council that, despite all efforts, the Nicaraguan government would not engage.

Nonetheless, we did not close the door.

The Secretary-General continued, through formal and informal channels, to renew the offer of this Council, only to receive a stony silence in response.

And, while we all recognize that the Government of Nicaragua has decided to withdraw from the OAS, effective November 18, 2023, it is, at this time, still a member of this Organization, subject to the duties and responsibilities of our Charter, including the Nicaraguan peoples’ right to democracy and the obligation of the Nicaraguan Government to promote and defend it.

The Government of Nicaragua may have withdrawn from this family of nations; but the people of Nicaragua have not.

And, none of the peoples of our member states would countenance our governments silence while they suffer.

That is the context of this Resolution, Colleagues – a resolution which, even at this moment of heightened oppression and repression in Nicaragua, still renews its offer to engage the Nicaraguan Government in restoring democratic institutions and respect for human rights in accordance with international law.

We have not shut any doors or burnt any bridges.

The pathway to dialogue remains open.

But, we cannot sit by idly in the face of such evident persecution, harassment and hounding, and deprivation of rights.

In this regard, I call on this Permanent Council to show its unequivocal support for this Resolution by voting in its favour.

I now request a vote on this Resolution, and I ask – Madam Chair – that even though the rules do not require it, that you give the floor to one of the cosponsors of this Resolution, the Ambassador of Chile, to second my request.

 

Thank you. 

Statement by Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders
Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda
closing the debate on the Resolution, The Situation in Nicaragua
on 15th August 2022
at a Special Session of the OAS Permanent Council
 
 
Madam Chair, I take the floor to thank all the delegations that have supported this resolution today.
In particular, I wish to thank my colleague from the delegation of Ecuador for joining the other ten delegations that originally supported this resolution.
 
The fact that the overwhelming majority of delegations - twenty-seven of them - supported this resolution, sends a very strong and clear message to the Nicaraguan government which we sincerely hope they have heard.
 
And in hearing what we have had to say, we hope that they will at last accept our offer to receive a high-level mission to engage them in ways in which democracy and human rights can be restored in that very distressed country.
 
Particularly, we hope that they have heard our call for the release of the prisoners now detained, and to stop the harassment and intimidation of the media, the church, and civil society. They are consuming their country in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation for which its development will suffer for many generations to come unless they act to stop it now.
 
Madam Chair, we have stood-up for right and justice today.
 
We have shown the constructive capacity of the Organization of American States (OAS); and if we do not believe it has that capacity, then, we, the member states of this organization have it within us the power to make sure it does.
 
But, to stand on the sidelines and simply say it does not have the capacity, cannot be good enough. We did not become members of this organization because it is an empty drum. We became members of this organization to beat the rhythms that will uphold the pillars on which we say we are dedicated, and that we must continue to do.
 
Madam Chair, I give notice that a group of us will request that the situation in Nicaragua be placed on the agenda of the General Conference in October, and we will do that shortly.
 
We hope by that time, the Nicaraguan government will have taken positive action to free the political detainees, and to end the atmosphere of fear that now permeates that country.
 
Madam Chair, colleagues, I believe that we all did the right thing today.
 
We stood up for human rights.
 
We stood up for people who are part of our family.
 
We have shown that this organization means something.

Thank you very much. 

Latest Video

The State of the Commonwealth

Although the main focus of a conference. held by the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) on 30 June 2022, was to discuss the challenges facing journalism, a day-long series of discussions taking place between the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and the Commonwealth Games was bound to assess the state of today’s Commonwealth.

However, the panel discussion on ‘The Commonwealth, between the Kigali summit and the Birmingham Games’ focused on what session chair, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies Director Sue Onslow described as “politics and politics”.   The discussion featured:
 
he Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Professor Eghosa Osaghae, Caribbean diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders, and the Director of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, Hugh Segal.   Below is the recording of the discussion,  It is also listed in the "Videos" sectio  of this website.
 

Latest News in Pictures

   

At the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on 10 June 2022:  Sir Ronald, OAS Secretray-General Luis Almagro and Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne.

Sir Ronald with The Honourable Nancy Pelosi, the formidable Speaker of the US House of Representatives on Thursday 9 June 2022 during the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles

Senator Chris Dodd, Adviser to President Biden on the Ninth Summit of the Americas and the man largely responsible for convinng  many Caribbean and Latin American leaders to attend, with Sir Ronald.

 

Meeting in Barbados between Representatives of the US State Department anf Senior Representatives of Easrern Caribbean Governments.  Front row left to right: Senator (St Vincent and the Grenadines), US Ambassaor to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean States;. Brian Nichols Assistant Secretary, US State Department, Earl Huntley Senior Adviser to St Lucia Foreign Minister, Sir Ronald Sanders representing government of Antigua and Barbuda.  Back row left to right: St Kitts-Nevis Ambassador to the US Thelma Phillips-Browne; Permanent Secretary Barbados Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Nan Fide, Director Caribbean, US State Departmenent; Foreign Minister of Dominica; Minister of Health Grenada, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Barbados.

On 18th May 2022, at State House in Guyana with Guyana President Irfaan Ali and Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Mottely prior to "Agri-Invest Expo and Forum" which set the stage for an actionable, time bound plan for food sercuity, energy security, removal of trade barriers and regional trsnsportation. 

Speaking at a meeting between Caribbean leaders and a US Congressional team, led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, in Barbados on Wednesday 20 April 2022 . I was pleased to initiate this process of consultation, as Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador, with Congresswoman Waters in July 2019 (.(see photo in date order below with the Congresswoman in July 2019). Subsequently, in November 2019 we had the first Roundtable in Washington.
In an interview with British Channel 4 News, Sir Ronald explains that Britain must make MLAT request for assistance regarding two Yachts in Antigau waters allegedly owned by sanctioned Russian Oligarch, Roman Abramovich:  

See: What has happened to yachts linked to Roman Abramovich? – Channel 4 News

 

With the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Mario Adolfo Bucaro Flores, to discuss CARICOM-Central America cooperation and deepening relations at the OAS.  At the right of the photograph is Rita Calverie di Scioli, the Guatemalan Ambassador to the OAS, 31 March 2022

 

Members of the Committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor of the University of London to Inquire into the Future of Commonwealth Studies at the University. The report was submitted at the end of July 2021 and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies was given a renewed and expanded mandate.
Left to Right: Sir Ronald Sanders, Nabeel Goheer, Dr Conor Wyer, Professor Wendy Thomson - Vice Chancellor - Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Chairman) Lord (Paul) Boateng, Jo Fox - Dean of the School of Advanced Studies. Photo at Senate House. London, November 3rd 2021.

Participating as a delegate from Antigua and Barbuda in the Summit of 40 Leaders on Climate, organised by us President, Joseph Biden, on 22 and 23 April 2021.  Sir Ronald second from left at top.

 

With the late Right Honourable Professor Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados at his office at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in January 2020, talking Caribbean integration

 

Meeting between US Congressional Representatives, Global Banks and Caribbean government representative.  Congresswoman Maxin Waters (centre in red), Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne to her right, Sir Ronald Sanders to Prime Minister Browne's right.  Capitol Hill on November 14, 2019

 

Signing agreements for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kosovo and Antigua and Barbuda in Washington, DC on 24 July 2019.  The agreemenst were signed by the Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Ronald Sanders (sitting right) and the Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo, Vlora Citaku (sitting left). Frymezin Isufaj and Joy-Dee Davis. Ministers Coundellor (standing left to right)

 

 Speaking at US Capitol Hill in behalf of CARICOM during Caribbean Legislative Week on 5 June 2019

 

Meeting Wesley Kirton Co-Chair Caribbean Studies Associaton, US, and Captain Gerry Gouveia of the Guyana Privat Sector at Antigua and Barbuda Embassy, Washington, DC on 4 June 2019

 

On 15 May, 2019 with the formidable US Congresswoman Maxine Waters who is Chair of the Financail Services Committee of the US House of Representatives.  I had presentred the case against de-risking, withdrawal of correspondent banking relations and blacklisting alone with CARICOM Ministers of National Security. 

 

 Testifying on 14th May, 2019 before the US International Trade Commission on behalf of Antigua and Barbuda and Caribbaean States on the perennial US trade surplus with the region which reached $7 Billion in 2018. 

 

Sir Ronald at Capitol Hill in Washington DC, talking trade and other relations between the US and CARICOM countries, especially Antigua and Barbuda, with Cingressman Brad Wenstrup (R-Cincinnati) on  27 February 2019.

 

Caribbean Ambassadors in Washington with US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Kim Breier, at the US State Department. Sir Ronald third from right in January 2019. 

 

In July 2018, while in Ottawa for Antigua and Barbuda bilateral talks with Canadian government officials, Sir Ron ran into old and repected friend, Joe Clarke - former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Canada and a great warrior in the anti-apartheid struggle.

 

With Ambassador Jesus Silvera of Panama, receiving a donation to the rebuilding of Barbuda, June 2018

 

With OAS Secretary-General, Luis Almagro, on 6 June 2018, signing the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and  Related Forms of Intolerance.  Antigua and Barbuda was the first signatory to the Convention and the second country to ratify the Convention. 
 

 Signing ceremony in Washington, DC of Abolition of Visa Requirements between Ukraine and Antigua and Barbuda in May 2018.  Ukraine Amnbasador (left) and Joy-Dee Davis, Minister Counsellor, Antigua and Barbuda Embassy (right) 

 

 With Governor-General of Canada,Her Excellency Julie Payette, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on January 30th 2018.  In addition to beeing accredited to Canada as High Commissioner, I have the honour of sharing the distinction with this amazing former Astronaut of being a Senior Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto.

 

In Tobago after delivering feature address at The Tobago Finance week on 13 November 2017.  Photo shows, Economist Terrence Farrell, Sir Ronald, Tobago Deputy Chief Secretary Joel Jack, and Anthony Pierre, Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Chartered Accountants

 

 In Port-of-Spain, Trinidad speaking at the annual Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago on 9 November 2017

 

 Speaking at a meeting in Geneva, prior to appearnace at the World Trade Organisation on Antigua and Barbuda's contention with the US government on the WTO award to Antigua over Internet Gaming, September 2017 

 

 Speaking on Refugees resulting from Climate Change and the growing danger to small island states at an event organised by OXFAM in Washington, DC on 30 October 2017. (Heather Coleman, OXFAM; Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda; Selwyn Hart (Barbados), Lisa Friedman, New York Times)

 

Sir Ronald speaking at the National Press Club in Washington DC on 12 October 2017.  He was talking about the devastation of Barbuda by Hurricane Irma and the remedies for Climate Change and Global Warming.  To his left are:  The Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin la Rocque and St Lucia Prime Minister Alan Chastanet

 

Sir Ronald speaking at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on the security and other threats posed to the Caribbean and the Hemisphere of Climate Change and Global Warming on 13 September 2017

 

 Sir Ronald (third right) with senior officers of the Inter-American Defense Board in Washington, DC after discussing what assistance could be given in the clean up and rebuilding of Barbuda after Hurricane Irma (Friday, 15 September 2017)

 

With US Congressman, Ranking member of Committee on Foreign Affairs at Capitol Hill on 14 September, discussiing secutty matters, Hurricane Irma and Barbuda and the US-Antigua and Barbuda WTO issues.  Very helpful.

 

 With US Congressman Mark Meadows on Capitol Hill talking the US-Antigua and Barbuda WTO issues, and the effets of Hurricane Irma on the island of Barbuda on 12 September, 2017.  Good man. 

 

 Talking to the Emergency Agencies of the OAS about the impact of Hurricane Irma on the island of Barbuda and seeking assistance on 14 September 2017

 

Sir Ronald with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on 28 August 2017 discussing Canada-Antigua and Barbuda bilateral matters.

 

Sir Ronald with the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, at the General Assembly of the Organisation of American States in Cancun, in June 2017

 

Heads of Delegations to the OAS General Assembly in Cancun.  Mexican Presdident, sixth from right, front row.  Sir Ronald fourth from right, front row.

 

Meeting of Consulation on the situation in Venezuela at the Organisation of American States on 31 May 2017 Sir Ronald (far right).

 

With Texas Congressman Randy Weber at Capitol Hill in Washington DC, talking energy, water and US-Antigua and Barbuda relations on Wednesday 5 April, 2017 

 

 

With my colleague Argentine Ambassador to the OAS, Juan Jose Acuri (right) and the Argentina candidate for election to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rigjts Dr Carlos de Casas on 29 March 2016

 

 At the International Monetary Fund with Exceutive Director for Canada and the Caribbean, Nancy Horsman, to discuss Antigua and Barbuda matters.

 

At the Antigua and Barbuda Embassy receiving Antonia Urrejola, the candidate of Chile for the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, on 23 March 2017 

 

 With the Mexican Candidate for the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, Joel Hernadez Garcia, on 21 March 2017

 

 At the World Bank on20 March 2017 meeting Christine Hogan, the Executive Director for Canada and the Caribbean, to talk about Antigua and Barbuda matters.

 

With Joe Barton, US Congressman from the State of Texas in his Office on Capitol Hill on Thursday, 16 March 2017 discussing US-Antigua and Barbuda relations

 

Hosting a meeting at the Antigua and Barbuda Embassy in Washington, DC of diplomatic representatives of St Lucia (Ambassador Anton Edmunds, St Kitts-Nevis Ambassador Thelma Phillip-Browne and St Vincent Deputy Chief of Mission Omari Williams)

 

Meeting the Cuban Ambassador to the United States, Jose Cabanas Rodriguez at the Antigua and Barbuda Embassy on Tuesday, 21st February, 2017

 

With the Ambassador of Ecudaor to the United States, Francisco Borja Cevallos, talking Ecuador-Antigua and Barbuda relations on 13 February 2017

 

 With US Congressman Gus Bilikakis (Dem,Fl) for talls on Caiptol Hill in Washington

 

With Charlie Crist, US Congressman (Dem, Fl) for discussions on US-Antigua and Barbuda matters

 

 With US Senator Jeff Duncan, Chair Foreign Relations Committee talking energy and Citizenship by Investement Programmes in the Caribbean

  With Professor Louis Gates Jr at the Smithsonian National Musuem of African American History in Washington, DC after an evening of enlightening presentations on the neglected story of the building of the US 

 

March 17, 2014 in Barbados where I spoke with Dr Ralph Gonsalves, Caribbean thought leader and Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (second right) at the launch of the late Jean Holder’s (third right) excellent book on Regional Transportation. All that Jean said remains relevant today. At far left is Warren Smith a former CEO of LIAT and at the time President of the Caribbean Development Bank. Each of us was born in different parts of the Caribbean, but all of us know that we are better off as One Caribbean.

US CARIBBEAN RELATIONS: The Biden Administration Year 1

                   “US-Caribbean Relations in Biden Administration Year 1”

A discussion brief for a Webinair discussion on April 28th 2022

and publication by the Florida International University

By Sir Ronald Sanders

 

 On April 28th, Sir Ronald presented a paper on “US-Caribbean Relations: The Biden Administration Year 1” at a webinar, which he was commissioned to produce by Florida International University (FIU),  the Latin American and Caribbean Centre and the Caribbean Policy Council.  The 7,000-word paper was subsequently published by  FIU. 

The paper can be read on this website under “Lectures” in the “Lectures and Interviews section.  

The discussion in the webinar which was Chaired by Dr Georges Fauriol and included former top US State Department Official, Ambassador Tom Shannon; Pulitzer Prize winning Reporter, Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald and Dr Vanessa Chaitram of Trinidad and Tobago, can viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfX0HrxcWjM

 

 


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Election for the post of Commonwealth Secretary-General

Sir Ronald was a candidate for election to the post of Commonwealth Secretary-General In November 2015 at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta. View further details here.

Portrait of Sir Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders is currently Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States and the Organisation of American States.

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Welcome to this website. I created it in 2009 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.  They are all avaialble here for free.

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.  The latter activity was susended while I carry out my present functions as Ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda. 

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 and lectures 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.

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