Trinidad and Tobago: successfully coping with internal challenges in the shadow of troubled Venezuela

February 2015: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Port-of-Spain starts his official visit to Trinidad and Tobago (photo: dpa)
February 2015: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Port-of-Spain starts his official visit to Trinidad and Tobago (photo: dpa)

The twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago have done a fine job of harnessing their oil and gas wealth in recent decades, avoiding the ‘resource curse’ and using them as a base to develop related industries. Today’s challenge is to find similarly wise solutions to two potential threats. One, domestic: the underemployment of urban Afro-Trinidadians. The other, external: the continued – although waning – attempt of Venezuela to become a regional power, writes GIS guest expert Professor Anthony Maingot.

South and North reversed

There are many countries divided between an industrialised ‘North’ and a rural or service-based ‘South’. This is certainly true of the 5,128 square kilomet...

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