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UWI academics launch book on “Managing New Security Threats in the Caribbean”

For Release Upon Receipt - January 31, 2023

St. Augustine


   [L-R] Dr Marlon Anatol, Dr Georgina Chami and Dr Jerome Teelucksingh. 

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. Tuesday January 31, 2023“This body of work will inform, advise, and guide. We but have to read it,” said Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St. Augustine Campus. She was addressing the audience at the launch of a book on “Managing New Security Threats in the Caribbean” on January 17, 2023.

 The book, which is edited by Georgina Chami of the Institute of International Relations, Jerome Teelucksingh of the Faculty of Humanities and Education from The UWI St. Augustine Campus, and Marlon Anatol of the Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies, Trinidad and Tobago, examines non-traditional forms of security and expands the notion of security to include non-state actors and non-human actors. It is the first academic work to touch on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and security threats in the Caribbean region, a much-needed and timely addition to intellectual thought on Caribbean security in an increasingly fragmented world. According to the editors, the book offers new angles on tackling threats in the Caribbean region and explores issues relating to viruses, war and conflict, migration, geopolitics, climate change and terrorism through multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives on global (in-) securities.

 Principal Antoine, in congratulating the editors, noted the importance to research and analysis, “Knowing the ‘what’ is a firm step in determining the ‘how’ of managing and curtailing. We would not be reactionary - in other words, flying by the seat of our pants. Caribbean researchers know our space best. We are the ones who can view it from a perspective that is up close and personal, while stepping back to analyse it with a researcher’s critical eye.”She referenced the opening of the 24th Meeting of the CARICOM Council for National Security and Law Enforcement in Trelawny, Jamaica, where that country’s Minister of National Security and Deputy Prime MinistertheHon Dr Horace Changsaid: “Long-term, Caribbean-led thinking is necessary to best chart the way to co-exist in a world that is witnessing new security threats.”

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 Notes to Editor

 About The University of the West Indies

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region.

 From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Monain Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hillin Barbados, Five IslandsinAntigua and Barbuda and itsOpen Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

 The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

 The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). In the latest World University Rankings 2022, released in September 2021, The UWI moved up an impressive 94 places from last year. In the current global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI stands among the top 1.5%.

 The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean, it is also in the top 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action. 

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