Stabilizing Haiti: A Guide for Policymakers

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.

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