Author Affiliation, Ana.
The 'patch' and the 'backyard': Caribbean and Pacific small islands and their regional hegemons
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Pacific and Caribbean small island states share a common feature of their international relations and foreign policy: the overarching presence of a hegemon who is the self-appointed “policeman” of the region. There are striking similarities in the relationships between the Caribbean and the United States and the Pacific islands and Australia. This article explores the differences and similarities in the historical and contemporary relations between the island groupings and their regional hegemons, and offers suggestions as to the significance of these similarities and differences for better understanding the regional and international political environment in which these island states operate.....