Defense Center releases study by FVSU's president

February 21, 2014 – A top United States policy group recently published a study by Fort Valley State University’s Chief Wildcat.

The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies issued FVSU president Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith’s occasional paper “The United States and the Caribbean: 30 Years after the Grenada Invasion Dynamics of Geopolitics and Geonarcotics” this past December.

Created in 1995 and named after a former Secretary of Defense, the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies is an academic institution that provides instruction, research and outreach on defense and security issues affecting the Americas. The organization, located in Washington, D.C. , seeks to promote professional ethics in governments’ decision making process; foster teamwork and strategic leadership; and stimulate innovation in the security sectorof new ideas.

An occasional paper is a stand-alone publication on topics that offer new perspectives and insights of  either an historical theme or current event. Dr. Griffith’s new study examines how global forces and geonarcotics , have affected the Caribbean region. The scholar-president, who is a political scientist, traces how these trends have evolved within the region since the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada. Incidentally,  president Griffith  coined the term “geonarcotics” in the early 1990s as a concept to examine the narcotics issue holistically.

Additionally, in the occasional paper Dr. Griffith examines some of the new international actions of nations  such as China and Venezuela within Caribbean nations’ political and economic spheres.

The William J. Perry Center has published other studies by the president, including a policy analysis  entitled “Political Acumen and Geopolitical Anxiety in Suriname” in the organization’s Security and Defense Studies Review in 2011.

To read Dr. Griffith’s newly released policy paper, visithttp://www.fvsu.edu/files/pdf/Thirty-Years-after-the-Grenada-Invasion.pdf .