Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Government
We have no choice: The shift in the discourse on the Caribbean joining the FTAA
Journal of Diplomatic Language
Date of Publication
In 1994 Guyanese president Cheddi Jagan held Bill Clinton's hand up in the air in a victorious gesture, celebrating the agreement to join the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). In 2003, Sir Shridath Ramphal, at one time the lead negotiator for the Caribbean in the FTAA negotiations, lamented that the Caribbean 'had no exit strategy [from the FTAA negotiations], but desperately needed one.' In this paper I trace the origins and trajectory of CARICOM's commitment to joining the Free Trade Area of the Americas, from the 1994 CARICOM Heads of Government Summit, to date. I explore how the discourse shifted from one of enthusiastic optimism, to one of the FTAA being a burdensome cross that has been imposed on us, which we 'have no choice' but to bear....