Accession Number:

ADA543387

Title:

Resolving the Promise of Democracy: Ending Puerto Rico's Colonial Burden

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-03-11

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

Puerto Rico is a vital partner for the United States. The islands status in the Caribbean region needs to be evaluated and changed within the next six years. How the U.S. strengthens its current economic relationship, support its democratic government, and enhances its military dominance in the region are all strategic security concerns. Historic policies, actions, procedures, and lack of attention from the U.S. by Congress has demonstrated the failure to address and meet the current needs of the citizens of Puerto Rico. Future courses of action must be determined by the will of the people of Puerto Rico. U.S. strategists must consider multiple potential outcomes including statehood, remaining a Commonwealth, becoming an independent nation or maintaining a free association with the United States. This paper will explore the challenges and advantages of each course of action and provide recommendations that best address both Puerto Ricos and the United States strategic concerns while enhancing the U.S. national and regional strategy.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE