Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, a Guyanese-American who has as served in several academic leadership roles, including as Vice Chancellor (president) of the University of Guyana, has written the latest of a series of books on the topic of crime and security in the Caribbean.
His latest book, Challenged Sovereignty: The Impact of Drugs, crime, Terrorism, and Cyber Threats in the Caribbean (344 pages, U. of Illinois Press) is about to be released.
The books covers the drug trade, crime, terrorism and cyber threats in the Caribbean. These cross-border issues have significantly impacted the small countries. The author combines case studies with regional analyses to capture the cross-border problems that have undermined the governments’ basic goal of protecting their people against military threats, subversion and the erosion of political, economic, and social values. The author points out that seeking solutions to these multidimensional threats requires addressing both traditional and non-traditional security and sovereignty issues. The author focuses on clashes between Cross-border problems and the state from warring drug gangs in Jamaica, to Trinidad and Tobago’s one-time status as a center for terrorism-related activities, to the political resurgence of drug trafficker Desi Bouterse in Suriname, and the growing cyber threats across the region.
Among the author’s prior books on these topics are: The Quest for Security in the Caribbean (M.E. Sharpe), Drugs and Security in the Caribbean (Penn State University Press), The Political Economy of Drugs in the Caribbean (Palgrave Macmillan), and Caribbean Security in the Age of Terror (Ian Randle Publishers).