By Dickson Igwe, Contributor
It is time for the Caribbean, and various regions of the world, to ditch the superpowers as leading lights of global security and prosperity.
The COVID-19 pandemic, trade wars, rapidly deteriorating race relations in the USA, and the rise of dictatorship and tyranny, are threats to mankind, driven by the failure of the present global order, and the march towards authoritarian and predatory governance.
The world post the 80 years of a world order driven by a USA victorious from World War II, and Bretton Woods with the creation of solid institutions that have driven peace and security is back in the doldrums of instability and uncertainty.
Countries are looking inwards once again. There is increasing xenophobia and insularity that has become ubiquitous. Race hate is spiralling out of control in these Americas, as a symptom of a world in self-contradiction, and turmoil.
USA globally disliked
The USA, once the leading light of freedom and democracy is today despised and disliked globally. The resurgence of the race hate of the Jim Crow era is driving angst in these majestic Americas.
However, hate in the USA is not helped by migration patterns form Latin America into the USA, much of it illegal. The soft power matrices of the USA are in the same place as China and Russia: countries that are predatory and insincere in their moral outlook.
The result is a world at the edge of a social and environmental precipice. The answer is the return to the politics of non-alignment and respect for bilateral and multilateral agreements by all states powerful or not. Superpower control of global affairs has been a disaster.
Disrespect for less powerful countries
The disrespect for less powerful countries, and international institutions and treaties, by super states, has led to global policy error and crisis after crisis. The Caribbean, for one, must begin to look at the world through the lens of its regional interests first.
Social and economic integration of Caribbean societies that share similar cultural matrices must be the driving force towards greater regional security, and prosperity. Economic sufficiency, beginning with food sufficiency, must be the most pursued route to social prosperity by all Caribbean states, especially those of CARICOM.
Regional integration will begin with regional cooperation. Greater importance must be attached to bilateral and multilateral, social and economic links, within the Caribbean, than links to Washington DC, London, Brussels, Paris, or Beijing. Social and economic policies must be driven by a new vision that places regionalization at the epicenter of political decision making.
Caribbean people share a common cultural and social DNA that can no longer be ignored. Overseas Territories of the UK must speak with one voice. How this will be done is up to policymakers.
But regionalisation means unity of purpose. Regionalization also means the harmonization of administrative, social, and economic policy that drives sustainability in tourism, and local market economies.
The present pandemic and economic crisis are an opportunity for these small islands in the Caribbean Sea to re-align regional relationships and enforce the type of change that will foster greater security and prosperity- if appropriately managed – for decades to come.
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