INTERVIEW Issue 007
Cuba and CARICOM: Integration and Ramifications
Dr. John Cotman Discusses Research on Impacts of the Grenadian Revolution
Interviewed by Gwendolyn S. Bethea, Ph.D.
Dr. John Cotman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Howard University.
Dr. John Cotman was recruited at the American Political Science Association convention in fall 1989 by the late Dr. Ronald Walters, internationally renowned Howard University Political Science Professor, to fill a tenure-track position in international relations & comparative politics with regional expertise in the Caribbean. He began teaching at Howard University in the fall semester of 1990
His formative years were marked by the Civil Rights Movement, the U.S. anti-war movement, and the global Black rights struggle against colonialism, Jim Crow and apartheid. This sparked his intellectual interest in social movements in the United States, southern Africa, the Caribbean and Central America.
His research has involved explaining the dynamics and impacts of modern social movements and revolutions and their contradictory impacts on human rights, and equitable human development during and after the Cold War. Recently, Dr. Cotman described his research on the integration between Cuba and CARICOM. The discussion appears on the next pages.