Security in the Caribbean Basin: The Challenge of Regional Cooperation

By Joseph S. Tulchin; Ralph H. Espach | Go to book overview

14
A Call for the Redefinition of
Regional and National Interests
General José E. Noble Espejo
Owing to their geopolitical situation, the nations of the Caribbean are involved in a range of specific threats to security, such as emergencies caused by natural disasters, drug trafficking and criminal activities, money laundering, migratory pressures, and threats to the environment. However, only in the cases of emergencies and environmental incidents are we alone involved. In the other cases—those of drug trafficking, crime, money laundering, and migration—the threats work within the regional system but they do not affect us internally.Because the Dominican Republic is located so close to the continental territory of the United States, it is difficult for us to avoid being influenced by U. S. policies. In response, the Dominican Republic has adopted an attitude of collaboration and cooperation, some of the elements of which can be listed here.
With regard to economic integration, we have made the necessary efforts through the vehicle of the LOME IV Convention.
In cases of emergency, we have worked with the coast guard of Puerto Rico and the units of the U. S. Southern Command.
In drug cases, we have worked with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
In cases of money laundering, we have worked with the U. S. Department of Justice.
We have conducted frequent operations, such as Operation Halcon with Puerto Rico, regarding migratory policies.
We also frequently take part in purely military exercises per se, such as the annual exercise with the countries of the Caribbean, and exercises with U. S., British, and French forces to increase the operational readiness of the troops that take part in multinational operations.

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