West Indies: Power Vacuum

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Time of Transition in the Caribbean

Search for Identity in Volatile West Indies

President nixon, addressing a meeting of the Inter-American Press Association in Washington on October 31, will make what the White House calls a “major new pronouncement on Latin American policy.” The President's statement is expected to set off a chain reaction of basic changes in the relations of the United States with South and Central American nations and Mexico in such areas as aid, trade, and development priorities. But there is little prospect of a similar policy overhaul in the case of the troubled islands of the Caribbean.

For three-quarters of a century, “the Caribbean” has meant to Washington policy-makers mainly the island states of the Greater Antilles—Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto ...

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