Accession Number:

ADA073108

Title:

Jamaica: Radicalism in the Caribbean - The Illusory Threat to American Strategic Interests.

Descriptive Note:

Special rept.,

Corporate Author:

MILITARY INTELLIGENCE DETACHMENT (467TH (STRATEGIC) GAINESVILLE FL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1978-12-15

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

The occasionally-strident rhetoric by which Third World leaders establish their nations allegiance to radical movements and membership in the Third World is often interpreted as symptomatic of threats to American security interests. Is this interpretation correct. In his examination of Jamaican politics and public policy, the author suggests that such a conclusion is premature. He cites contrary evidence which suggests that symbolic rhetoric flourishes within states which concomitantly display economic and international policies characterized by moderation, economic pragmatism, and a firm understanding of the dynamics of real politics. He notes that the bilateral face of such a nations policy supports the contention that verbal excesses manifest less a threat than might otherwise be perceived. Closer inspection of the political world of Jamaica supports an even more significant conclusion the rhetorical flourishes can be translated into actual dangers with great difficulty because the environmental context in which the nations politics operates, delineates, and confines actual diplomatic and economic operation. Characterized by an institutionalizing party system, quiescent mass, charismatic leadership, conservatizing labor movement, administratively-oriented bureaucarcy, and confining geopolitical milieu, Jamaicas capacity to mobilize to meet the goals intrinsic in its rhetoric is absent. Unless extraneous forces were to dramatically overwhelm its domestic context, Jamaicas foreign policy is confined by the states own internal limitations.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE