On Monday, September 18, 2017, the SUNY-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development hosted a round table discussion titled The Third Border: Increasing Opportunities for U.S. Caribbean Strategic Engagement. The event brought together subject matter experts from The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and the State University of New York System (SUNY) along with other academics, diplomats, politicians, business leaders and interest groups to discuss the strategic engagement between the Caribbean and the United States.
A special feature of the session was an address by Congressman Eliot Engel, Ranking Member on the
House Foreign Affairs Committee, and co-author of
the legislation-United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act, known as H.R. 2939 - which was passed in the United States Congress and mandates a new long-term strategy to strengthen ties between the US and the Caribbean region.