Issue BriefSep 26, 2023
A roadmap for the Caribbean’s energy transition
By David Goldwyn, Eugene Tiah, and Wazim Mowla
Caribbean countries are in desperate need of an energy transition. Disproportionately high electricity costs impede economic development, stress public finance budgets, and harm the competitiveness of tourism and other industries.
New AtlanticistJun 30, 2023
Success is not just showing up. Blinken’s Caribbean trip needs to deliver.
By Wazim Mowla
The US secretary of state heads to Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, building on recent Biden administration outreach to the region. But if he arrives with little to announce, frustration is likely to brew.
Experts reactJan 25, 2023
Experts react: The US opens up Caribbean energy supplies with a sanctions exception for Venezuela. What does it mean for the region?
By Atlantic Council experts
The agreement would boost Caribbean energy supplies while creating an exception for some US sanctions on Caracas—without allowing cash payments to go to President Nicolás Maduro’s government.
Wazim Mowla is the associate director of the Caribbean Initiative at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. He leads the development and execution of the initiative’s programming, including the Financial Inclusion Task Force, the US-Caribbean Consultative Group, the PACC 2030 Working Group, and the Caribbean Energy Working Group. Since joining the Council, Mowla has co-authored major publications on the strategic importance of sending US COVID-19 vaccines to the Caribbean, strategies to address financial de-risking, and how the United States can advance new policies to support climate and energy resilience. As part of his work on the Caribbean, Mowla was called to provide Congressional testimony to the US House Financial Services Committee on financial de-risking.
Mowla is also a nonresident scholar at Florida International University’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy in Miami, Florida, and is an affiliate of the Resilient and Sustainable Islands Initiative at the Overseas Development Institute in the United Kingdom. He is frequently called on to brief US and Caribbean government officials on the direction of US-Caribbean relations and Caribbean politics, economic development, financial inclusion, security cooperation, and energy security. Mowla’s writings are frequently featured in US and Caribbean media including the Miami Herald, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, and Caribbean News Global, among others. He also writes a monthly column for the Guyanese newspaper Stabroek News on Guyana’s foreign policy and its role in world affairs. Mowla holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations and history and a master’s degree in public history from Florida International University, as well as a master’s degree in comparative regional studies from American University.