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Guyana, its Foreign Policy, and the Path to Development

Clegg, Peter


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Peter Clegg
Dean and Head of School of Social Sciences


© 2014, The Round Table Ltd. Guyana is potentially on the threshold of great change. The growing importance of gold-mining and logging, and the rising hope that sizeable quantities of oil will soon be found should act as a catalyst for a dramatic improvement in Guyana’s level of development. However, these industries require responsible management and there are concerns that severe weaknesses in Guyana’s governance structures will place major constraints on its ability to develop in a sustainable way. The article gives an overview of Guyana’s pattern of economic development and the problems associated with key economic sectors. The article then considers how its quest for development is being enhanced and sometimes hindered by its expanding set of foreign relations at the regional, hemispheric and global levels. The article suggests that there is a real chance for Guyana to make a step-change in its level of development, but important internal reforms and a delicate foreign policy balancing act are required for these gains to be realised.


Clegg, P. (2014). Guyana, its Foreign Policy, and the Path to Development. Round Table, 103(4), 399-410.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 3, 2014
Journal Round Table
Print ISSN 0035-8533
Electronic ISSN 1474-029X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 103
Issue 4
Pages 399-410
Keywords Guyana, economic development, sustainability, governance, foreign policy, international trade
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