This work analyzes the way in which Guyana's foreign policy has fared in maintaining its national security. 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.
Dr. Robin Ramcharan is currently Lecturer in the Department of Social Science at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Foreword; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; The New State as a Pawn in the Cold War; Safeguarding Territorial Integrity: Venezuela's Claim to Two-Thirds of the National Territory and Suriname's Border Claims; Conflict Prevention in a Multi-Ethnic Society and Foreign Intervention; AIDS, Crime and Drug Crises: Conflation of Foreign and Domestic Policies; Failed Development and Trade; The Search for Security through Regional Diplomacy: CARICOM and the OAS; Security through the United Nations and the Commonwealth; Guyana and the Quest for Human Security; Foreign Policy and Security in the 21st Century; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.