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New Presentation: The Changing Geopolitcs of Energy

On Monday 26 January, Sir Ronald spoke at an Energy Conference in Trinidad and Tobago on The Changing Geopolitics of Energy.  The Conference, which attracted hundreds of representatives from the private sector, government and academia, was held as oil and gas prices continued to decline with damaging effects to regional oil producers such as Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, and the US announced that it is now the world's number one producer of oil and gas.  In his presentation, Sir Ronald said: "Acting together the countries of the region can take advantage of low cost oil to diversify their energy sources, improve their energy security, reduce cists and make their economies more competitive in tourism and manufacturing,  But to do so will require governments and the private sector acting in concert and cohesion - not beggar the neighbour policies.".   The full text of Sir Ronald's presentation can be read in the "Lectures" section of this website. 

An interview with Sir Ronald at the Energy Conference can also be seen in the "Videos" section under "Lectures and Interviews".

Energy Conference Trinidad January 2015


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A new commentary has been posted. It is entitled: The unhelpful geopolitics of Energy in the Caribbean.  It argues that the Caribbean is at an interesting juncture in energy terms. The countries of the region can take advantage of the present low cost oil and gas to diversify their energy sources, improve their energy security, reduce costs and make their economies more competitive in tourism and manufacturing. To do so will require governments acting in concert and cohesion – not with beggar-thy-neighbour policies. The commentary also looks at the Energy Security Conference for the Caribbean organised by US Vice President Joe Biden and the future of Petro Caribe.

US Vice President Joe Biden speaking at the Caribbean Energy Security Conference in Washington

The previous commentary is Terrorism is not a Western problem only.  It argues that the solution to terrorism cannot not lie in the actions of any one government or in actions fashioned by Western governments alone. If Western governments by themselves devise only militaristic and criminal formulae for curbing terrorism which they then attempt to impose on the rest of the world, those formulae won’t work. What is required is an inclusive approach that brings together leaders of Muslim, Hindu, Christian and secular states to discuss ways in which they can collaborate to address this deadly and grave problem in the interest of all nations, including surveillance, intelligence sharing military co-operation and alleviating poverty and unemployment.


Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) for Sir Ronald

On Friday October 24th, Sir Ronald was conferred with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) by the University of the West Indies at its St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.  Sir Ronald also delivered an address to the graduating class of 2014.   His address and the citation appear in the "Lectures and Interviews" section of this website.

Sir Ronald Sanders addressing 2014 UWI graduating Social Sciences Faculty at St Augustine, Trinidad

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Sir Ronald Sanders is a business executive and former Caribbean diplomat who publishes widely on Small States in the global community.



Welcome to this website. I have created it in response to many requests for access to commentaries I have written, lectures I have given and interviews that have been broadcast or printed in the media on matters related to the political economy of the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.

These requests have come from university students, publications, academics, government officials and business people in many parts of the world. In the course of responding to these requests, I have been pleased to build up a network of global contacts who now receive my commentaries weekly.

From a career that encompassed broadcast and print journalism, development and commercial banking, diplomacy and international negotiations in both the public and private sectors, I am privileged to draw on wide and varied experiences to write, lecture and undertake consultancies. I have taken the greatest pleasure in receiving comments and criticism from people all over the world that the Internet has made a “village”. I have learned from many of the comments I received. They have caused me to reflect on my own thinking. Through this website, I hope to communicate regularly with all who write to me.

The website is now a permanent repository of the weekly commentaries going back several years. Anyone is free to access them here, and to cite them provided my permission is sought in advance through the “Contact me” mechanism. A few of the lectures I have given in Britain and in the Caribbean are also posted on the site in a PDF format which can be easily downloaded. Again, I would make the same request to seek my permission before citing the material.

From time to time, where it is possible, the site will also reflect consultancies that I undertake that may have an interested audience beyond the companies and organizations with which I work.

I invite responses to my writings, and inquiries about the experience and knowledge I can bring to achieving the objectives of companies and organizations that do business related to the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.

My consulting work includes: country investment advice; negotiations with governments and international organizations; structuring and implementing public affairs programmes; designing public relations and information strategies; negotiations with financial institutions and organizing and participating in seminars for interest groups such as journalists, diplomats, and specialized academics.

Kind regards

Ronald Sanders