CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Is the world witnessing a shift in supremacy among major power states?
Professor W. Andy Knight, Director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) of The University of the West Indies, answer this question at Prospecta Caribe 2013, where he and Dr Matthew Bishop are currently representing The University of The West Indies.
Knight and Bishop join hundreds of Caribbean academics at the conference, which serves to create a new annual space for debate and discussion on the future of the Caribbean Basin, within the framework of sustainability and the improvement of the quality of life of the peoples of this region.
The themes focus on the future of the Caribbean economy in the world context, the future of the environment and the future of the Caribbean Basin integration. The most outstanding international futurists are sharing the stage with a large group of academics from the region, government officials, university officials, non-governmental organizations, members of associations and trade associations, chambers of commerce and members of civil society interested in creating a promising future for the Greater Caribbean.
Knight and Bishop are collaborators on a research project titled ‘Hegemonic Transitions in the Caribbean’. Their presentation explores how periods of hegemonic transition open up windows of opportunities for small countries like Trinidad, with oil and gas resources, to find a niche for themselves within the evolving world order.
According to their research, empirical events, including the recent visits of prominent world leaders to Trinidad and Tobago, point to the renewed importance of the Caribbean. They ask, “why Trinidad, why now, and what can we learn about hegemonic change?”
Knight and Bishop are well placed to deliver on the theme. Knight is director of the Institute of International Relations of the UWI; he is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest honour for Canadian academics. He has written on diverse aspects of multilateralism, governance and world peace, such as the reform of the United Nations.
Bishop is a lecturer at the Institute of International Relations and an honorary member of the Institute of Political Economic Research in Sheffield, UK. His main area of research is the political economy of development, with a particular focus on small states and, especially, the independent and non-independent territories of the Caribbean. He is also managing editor of the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy, the Institute’s journal.
Prospecta Caribe 2013 takes place in Cartagena, Colombia, September 5 and 6.