In March of 2009 the Brookings Institution and the Organization of American States joined in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Manchester Trade to sponsor a conference entitled “Caught in the Global Hurricane: Debating the Caribbean’s Development Challenges in an Uncertain World.” The conference was held to discuss four major topics of interest in preparation for Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in Trinidad and Tobago on April 17–19, 2009. The topics of discussion included four separate panels: Trade and Financial Development, Climate Change and Natural Disasters, Security Issues for the Caribbean, and U.S.-Cuba-CARICOM Relations.