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Welcome to Cold War 2.0

Published:Friday | December 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM


As I watched the news and saw that the Russian ambassador to Turkey assassinated and the terrorist attack with a mere truck in Germany, I contemplated the new geopolitical reality of the world, especially Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.

It is very difficult to fight an enemy that's fanatically committed. The Caribbean is historically and immensely connected to the United States and Europe. They are our number one trading partners. We study in both zones and we have a lot of family and friends who live in both regions.

De-risking is one of the side effects of this global war on terrorism on Caribbean countries. De-risking has made doing business in all Caribbean countries more costly and inconvenient. I am certain there will be other detrimental spin-offs from this international war on terrorism. For instance, travelling will definitely become more cumbersome and international trade more onerous.

There is also a Cold War 2.0. The takeover of Crimea and the civil war in Syria, involving both US and Russia, supports my assertion.

The allegation that Russia interfered in the recent United States presidential election illustrates that this new Cold War will be modern and different from the first.

Preliminary evidence suggests that new geopolitical strategies need to be developed and implemented, and that conventional diplomacy will be inadequate. Jamaica must become more self-sufficient in response to the volatile geopolitical global situation. We must not wait until this global instability get worse. Jamaica must find ways to mitigate the present and future challenges.