CARICOM's Evolving Thinking on Ukraine War

Shortly following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, on February 24, 2022, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) bloc unequivocally condemned the act, underscoring, “The principles of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of another sovereign state, the prohibition on the threat or use of force, and the peaceful resolution of all disputes must be adhered to by all nations.” This CARICOM foreign policy pronouncement was motivated to a great extent by security-related foreign policy thinking—understood as a typical feature of the foreign policy logic of small states.  It boils down to and mirrored CARICOM member states’ own fears—as small states—of becoming the victims of hard power conflict.


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