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Caribbean At The Crossroads: Climate Change And Geopolitics Give IFCs Tough Choices

The Caribbean is at a point of inflection in its history, with new challenges on the horizon, and new offers of support in meeting them. The change in the islands’ outlook was best indicated in the 2021 United Nations General Assembly vote on Russia’s suspension from the Human Rights Council when seven members of the Caribbean Community abstained. Representing half of the organisation’s members in the United Nations, this followed an international trend of countries outside Europe and North America remaining more ambivalent about the invasion of Ukraine than many Western observers had expected. Why, despite the close historic and present ties, had the CARICOM nations failed to show to the same unanimous condemnation of the war as Europe? The answer is that these countries are no longer exclusively aligned.

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