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The US-Caribbean Border: An important security border in the 21st century

Suzette A. Haughton


The paper argues that the US-Caribbean border is not a myth. It is an important security border for the Caribbean states as well as the US and hence merits increased attention. To support this claim, the paper explains and assesses the US-Caribbean border in four ways. First, the paper uses the dependence theory to analyse the occurrences in the Caribbean region and their impact on this border. Second, the paper argues that the US-Caribbean border is based on increased cooperation used to curtail border security problems, such as drug trafficking and illegal immigration. Third, the paper examines the US-Caribbean Third Border Initiative and argues that the Heads of States from the CARICOM region and the US support this arrangement as a mechanism to reduce the US-Caribbean border problems. Finally, the paper concludes with an assessment of the future of this border through an examination of the benefits, prospects and outlooks of the US-Caribbean border. The main conclusion of this article is that the US-Caribbean border should be utilised not in border restrictive ways but to increase US-Caribbean border-related cooperation in confronting security threats in the current post-September 11th period.

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Print ISSN: 0886-5655
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