The Caribbean has been tranquil for a very long time and it should remain that way in 2017. Tourism revenue and its vital necessity to Caribbean governments, mandate that island states remain peaceful and free of political turmoil in order to sustain economic stability and peaceful political continuity.
Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent, Dominica, Antigua and the other island nations, have remained peaceful. Haiti's ill fate of natural disasters and bad governments continue to impoverish that nation, while its neighbor the Dominica Republic has advanced ten-fold.
Some political issues that surfaced as to constitutional issues appear to have been settled in Guyana[which, along with Suriname in South America and Belize in Central America, are grouped with the Caribbean due to membership and affiliation in the Caribbean Community(CARICOM)]. Puerto Rico's economic woes have been placed under a control board to ease the economic bleed of San Juan. Puerto Rico could realize some economic relief in 2017.
The drug trade will still impact the Caribbean in 2017 and with an associated proliferation of guns as an effect of the drug trade, the nation states of the Caribbean will need to hedge against an epidemic of violence associated with larger numbers of guns in circulation in 2017.
Cuba and its new found popular status as being opened for travel and some business, will do well in 2017. Cuba's success will place pressure upon and provide strong competition to the other traditional vacation spots in the Caribbean from Bermuda and the Bahamas in the north, to Barbados and Grenada in the south. But the tourist demand for turquoise beaches and tranquil white sands should be enough to sustain many of the local economies.
Light manufacturing including electronics and textiles could be encouraged more widely as alternative sources of revenue to tourism in the Caribbean in 2017.
Unlike many other places across the globe, extremism should be at a minimum or naught in the Caribbean in 2017.
The Caribbean's secure outlook in 2017 could be credited back to the vision in 1973 of the Prime Ministers of Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Guyana - Errol Barrow, Eric Williams, Michael Manley and Forbes Burnham, who signed the Treat of Chaguaramas, creating CARICOM to support regional integration and cooperation in trade, business and education.
CARICOM, born out of CARIFTA and of the failed West Indies Federation in the early 1960s, continues to serve as a constant of stability and tranquility for the Caribbean in 2017 and beyond.