ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Reagan s Caribbean Basin Aid Programme-A Military Policy in Search of an Economic Rationale

 Reagan's Caribbean Basin Aid Programme A Military Policy in Search of an Economic Rationale PRESIDENT Reagan's programme for economic development in what is now dubbed the Caribbean Basin is constructed on a set of assumptions that have little relation to historical or contemporary reality. The economic programme will neither contribute to develop the region nor reduce the level of political and social warfare. Basically, it not only fails to come to grips with the deep structural features that engender conflict, but its assumptions concerning the relationship between politics and development, the state and market are fundamentally flawed. Ultimately, the presentation of the economic package, while couched in the pragmatic language of concern for economic development is a rationale for greater military involvement The likely failure of the programme, the incapacity of the economic proposals put forth to deal with the major economic and social issues will establish the groundwork for straightforward military solutions. The failures will be attributed to subversion

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