Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. F.S.J. Ledgister

Second Advisor

Dr. Hashim Gibrill

Third Advisor

Dr. Ivor Mitchell


The purpose of this study was to examine drug trafficking and the major challenges that it poses to Caribbean development, particularly the cases of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. The analysis offered, expresses the specific challenges to SVG and T&T due to the proliferation of DTPOs. The study’s goals were: 1) To ascertain to what extent is drug trafficking a major problem for the region, 2) To identify what are the comparative and competitive determinants of drug trafficking in the Southeastern Caribbean islands, 3) To establish to what extent does supply and demand become important to the Drug Trade in the Caribbean, and Finally, 4) the identify the implications of this research for the Greater Caribbean region. A comparative evaluation of Caribbean political economy was used in conducting this research. The primary data collection was administered through Elite interviews with policy makers and officials in the Case study countries of Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 26 interviews were conducted over a 6 month period be 2011. This study discusses the political economy of the illegal narcotics trade among the small island states of the Southeastern Caribbean. It argues that the growth of drug trafficking operations is the product of the comparative and competitive advantages that these islands’ economies benefit from globally, relative to other states.

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