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The Caribbean and the Wider World

Commentaries on My Life and Career

By Alister McIntyre

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Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Other Information: 25bw in 16pp plates
Published In: United Kingdom, 30 September 2016
In 1974, McIntyre temporarily left behind his academic career as a developmental economist at the University of the West Indies to take up appointment as Secretary-General of CARICOM (the Caribbean Community and Common Market). He subsequently held positions as the Director of the Commodities Division of UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) and then Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD in both Geneva and New York. In 1988 McIntyre returned to the Caribbean as Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and, on his retirement in 1998, he assumed the post of Chief Technical Advisor at the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery. This book outlines McIntyre's extraordinary life and wide-ranging international career in diplomacy, politics and academia. It provides key perspectives on the development of Caribbean regional government and international institutions in the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

PREFACESECTION 1 BUILDING CAPACITY Chapter 1. Growing Up in Grenada Chapter 2. Early Employment and Initial Political Education Chapter 3. Education in the UK SECTION 2 MY ACADEMIC CAREERChapter 4. UWI Mona 1960-1964 Chapter 5. Teaching in the United States 1962-1964Chapter 6. UWI St Augustine 1964-1967 Chapter 7. Institute of Social and Economic Research 1967 - 1974 SECTION 3 WORKING AT THE REGIONAL AND GLOBAL LEVELS Chapter 8. Working for the Region Chapter 9. External Economic Relations of CARIFTA/CARICOM Chapter 10. Working at the United Nations Chapter 11. Other International Activities

About the Author

Sir Alister McIntyre is a distinguished international statesman and academic. He studied at LSE and Oxford University and taught at the University of the West Indies, where he was latterly Vice Chancellor. He has served in a variety of high-profile roles in UN agencies and in Caribbean regional government.


'In the realm of international development and the economic integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, no practicing economist has commanded more respect over the past fifty years from politicians and policy makers than Sir Alister. His story is unmissable.' - Prof The Hon Bishnodat Persaud, former Director of Economic Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat, 'In this honest and wonderfully engaging account of his incredibly varied career of service to the international community and his beloved Caribbean, Sir Alister shares his origins, motivations, key friendships, triumphs and disappointments. A truly inspiring read.'- Gerry Helleiner, Distinguished Research Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 'The Caribbean and the Wider World is arguably the most significant aspect of Sir Alister's legacy to the contemporary and future Caribbean society. It documents the lived experience of one of the principal architects of post- independence Caribbean - its ideology, its institutions and its place in the globalized world. Sir Alister's autobiography abounds with energy and optimism. Readers will be inspired by the continuing relevance of the values and ideas that motivated him as a committed regionalists. The book gives concrete demonstration of what can be achieved by a Caribbean leader, conceptualizer and a brilliant defender of Caribbean integration who had a commitment to public service, a conviction that regionalism was the only option to save the Caribbean from marginalization in the global environment and acceptance of a development agenda based on trade, strategic production and appropriate human resources development. Caribbean leaders, academics, technocrats, students of my generation are deeply indebted to Sir Alister for his profound impact on our individual and collective consciousness and I recommend this book as an indispensable tool in the realization of Sir Alister's vision in the future.' - Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, former Governor-General of Jamaica, 'The Caribbean and the Wider World, provides important insights and perspectives on several of the major regional and international issues which demanded attention by the countries in the Region, during the last four decades of the 20th century. The book is an excellent resource for students, educators, and policy makers, as well as persons holding a general interest in the Caribbean and its development. Readers of the book will find an authentic account of the life and career of a virtuoso who was involved in the search for solutions of regional issues, within the framework of the global landscape. The book also reflects Sir Alister's concurrent commitment to assist the peoples and institutions at the national level, so as to resolve pressing problems of a strictly internal focus. The episodes that deal with the author's contribution to university education further reveal the scale and complexity of his seminal influence on the spread of knowledge in the Region during a long and distinguished career. The intellectual genius of Alister McIntyre, expertly sharpened on the whetstone of unparalleled experience, has generated in this brilliant Book that should attract a very wide readership within the Caribbean and the wider world.' P.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, 'Having worked with him in UNCTAD and later observed his dedication and commitment to development in the Global South, it is heartening to peruse Alister McIntyre's reflections and analyses. Sometimes regions and individuals punch above their weight in world politics. These pages provide privileged access to the private life and public career of an extraordinary Caribbean and exemplary global citizen.' - Professor Thomas G. Weiss, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

EAN: 9781784536343
ISBN: 1784536342
Publisher: Radcliffe Press
Dimensions: 22.23 x 13.97 x 2.54 centimetres (0.49 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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