Stabilizing Haiti: A Guide for Policymakers (Spring 2024)



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Texas National Security Review


Proposals for a security-focused intervention in Haiti are logical given the rampant instability and endless escalation of gang violence. Many argue that Haiti’s foundational problems of economic underdevelopment, violence, and weak institutions cannot be addressed without improvements in basic security. Previous interventions — always on scales far larger than the currently proposed U.N.-approved mission — have not served Haitian civil society. Instead they have shored up corrupt regimes, and it is far from clear that they have contributed to any stability in Haiti. The country’s challenges are fatalistically ascribed to violence, and the narrative that nothing can be done to improve Haiti’s economic and social conditions until security improves both belies the origin of Haiti’s economic challenges and precludes discussion of economic engagement. Haiti is in chaos, and events are moving quickly. This heightens the need to consider both immediate and longer-term policy responses rather than another security intervention that will repeat the mistakes of the past.


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