Thursday 4th October, 2018 –Political Scientist attached to the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus Tennyson Joseph, says Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s recent address at the United Nations General Assembly “should be compulsory viewing for all students of Caribbean diplomacy and international relations.”
Dr. Joseph, who specializes in regional affairs writing in the Nation Newspapers of Barbados under the caption “The sheep and goats”, described Prime Minister Browne’s address as “a clear example of an effective, seize the moment use of the UNGA.”
The political scientist penned that while the Antiguan head of government gave sufficient space to the specific issues of concern to his country like the Internet Gaming Dispute, he was able to keep his themes global enough to offer an intelligent and moral counter argument to the US president’s lurch into a narrow nationalism.
Dr. Tennyson Joseph recounted the prime minister’s “language as precise and his demeanour calm, confident and prime ministerial”. “He noted that years from now, PM Browne’s speech will remain etched on the global conscience.”
He opined that “Prime Minister Browne has proven himself to be a sharp and progressive Caribbean leader, whether he is dealing with an overbearing Caribbean hotelier, or speaking out on behalf of the right of Venezuela and Cuba to pursue their own development paths and to resolve their problems internally, free from external interference.”
The political scientist also highlighted the addresses of Mia Mottley of Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadine’s Ralph Gonsalves. But for the other regional heads, Joseph declared “they failed to even trouble the ink of the regional reporters,” adding “they are the accidents of history”-the mere sheep.