National Security of Guyana

Author: Robin Ramcharan
Year:2007
Pages:392
ISBN:0-7734-5338-5
978-0-7734-5338-8
Price:239.95
This work analyzes the way in which the foreign policy in Guyana has fared in protecting its national security, while also analyzing the very concept of “national security” as it applies to a small-state like Guyana. Since its independence in 1966, Guyanese foreign policy has been synonymous with national security. The process of national security in Guyana, like that of other post-colonial small-states, cannot be viewed independently from that of nation-building. Guyana’s struggles with internal insecurity are examined, along with the responses to various external challenges which have resulted in human insecurity and significant external involvement in the micromanagement of Guyana’s domestic affairs.

Reviews

“This book, written by a scholar from a distinguished Guyanese family ... tells the story of how Guyana sought to make its way in the world of the twentieth century and to forge a foreign policy suited to the protection of its national security and the promotion of its development. It is based on in-depth research brought together in a dramatic way to tell the story of a young country chartings its way in troubled waters. I commend it to those interested in the destinies of third World countries, the Caribbean, and Guyana in particular. The author has made a serious contribution to our understanding of the dynamics of foreign policy in a new country.” - Thorvald Stoltenberg, President, Norwegian Red Cross

“This work fills an important gap in the foreign policy literature by presenting an empirical verification of contending approaches in international relations, a story to be told over and over.” - Dr. Ali G. Dizboni, Department of Politics and Economics, Royal Military College of Canada

“ ... this publication will make a very useful addition to the libraries of foreign affairs practitioners, students of small States and policy-makers. It also, usefully, provides a bridge for technicians and development activists between security and cultural, economic and social development.” - Mike McCormack, Co-President, Guyana Human Rights Association

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
1 The New State as a Pawn in the Cold War
2 Safeguarding Territorial Integrity: Venezuela’s Claim to Two-Thirds of the National Territory and Suriname’s Border Claims
3 Conflict Prevention in a Multi-Ethnic Society and Foreign Intervention
4 AIDS, Crime and Drug Crises: Conflation of Foreign and Domestic Policies
5 Failed Development and Trade
6 The Search for Security through Regional Diplomacy: CARICOM and the OAS
7 Security through the United Nations and the Commonwealth
8 Guyana and the Quest for Human Security
9 Foreign Policy and Security in the 21st Century
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index