Gary A R Best is a PhD student at the Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies, St Augustine where he is researching factors affecting the provision of climate change adaptation funds for small developing states.
Mr Best is a retired Rear Admiral who served as Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force and Chairman of the Joint Services Coordinating Council (2007 – 2013). As Head of the Defence Force, he was responsible for development and implementation of national defence and security policy, while as Chairman, he coordinated the security portfolio of the Joint Services in Guyana. He has over thirty-three years of experience in the defence and security sector. He is also adroit in strategic planning, strategic defence reviews and organizational analysis.
His alma maters include North Georgetown Secondary School, where he studied for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination; the Merchant Marine Officer’s Academy completing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nautical Science; the University of Guyana where he completed Bachelors Degree in Law; the Hugh Wooding Law School where he completed the Legal Education Certificate; the University of the West Indies where he completed a Masters Degree (Distinction) in Global Studies; the National Defence University completing defence and security studies and Harvard Kennedy School where he completed studies in National and International Security.
Gary’s research interest include climate change financing and governance; development of a defence and security framework, influence of international regimes, small states diplomacy, constructivism and international environmental law.