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Oral history interview with M. Alister McIntyre, 2001

Creator: McIntyre, Alister
Project: United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP).
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 60 pages Sound recording: 2 digital audio tapes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Development economist

Scope and Contents

Born 1930 in Grenada. Education: British-style secondary school, London School of Economics, Oxford University, Fulbright Scholarship to Columbia University, Princeton University. Career: lecturer, vice chancellor at University of the West Indies (UWI); chairman of Commonwealth Group of Experts on the New International Economic Order; United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): Director of Commodities, Deputy Secretary-General, Officer in Charge; Secretary-General of Caribbean Community Common Market (CARICOM), Themes: economics of development in the Caribbean, economics of small states, establishment of Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) and CARICOM, impact of Depression and World War II in the Caribbean, impact of the UN in the Caribbean, decolonization, Caribbean education, gender and development issues, development of Integrated Programme of Commodities, disappointment with the limitations of international organizations, geographical representation in the UN, capable leaders in UN, effects of political ideology on development policy, smothering effects of bureaucracy and rivalry on ideas and programs, impact of reports and writing on policy, importance of planned and focused international conferences, application of international models in the Caribbean, relations between small and large states, differences between Caribbean and Latin America, regional integration in the Caribbean, problem of the "knowledge divide," international migration, goal to improve efficiency


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Copyright by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 2003

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