On January 5, USIP held a policy-level discussion about mission mandates for long-term, locally-owned solutions, the first in a series of conversations on advising as a means to provide foreign assistance and capacity building to partner countries.
Haiti’s president and parliament appear deadlocked in another effort to form a Permanent Electoral Council in the manner prescribed in the country’s complex 1987 constitution. On March 25, USIP convened a panel of distinguished experts to discuss the challenges of governing Haiti and holding elections in a timely manner. Read the event coverage, Haiti’s Election Conundrum: Fraught But Necessary?
The Haitian court’s decision not to prosecute Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier for human rights violations and crimes against humanity has refocused international attention on the problem of justice in Haiti. At every level, courts are dysfunctional and corruption endemic. Street crime, drug trafficking, rape and gang violence persist despite Haiti’s overcrowded prisons. Impunity remains a major obstacle to Haiti’s recovery. On February 15, 2012, USIP hosted a public event to discuss justice...
On November 29, 2011, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted a panel of distinguished experts who discussed the situation of women in Haiti and their role in reconstruction. The event featured a delegation of women leaders from Haiti and an exhibition of photos taken by Haitian women depicting their lives in the tent cities around Port-au-Prince. Read the event coverage, Rep. Donna Edwards: Invest in Women to Rebuild Haiti
Police corruption is a universal challenge in peacebuilding. On November 16, 2011, USIP hosted a panel of distinguished experts who discussed the root causes and potential remedies.
Renewed internal conflict threatens Haiti's recovery. On October 12, 2011, a panel of distinguished experts discussed the sources of conflict in Haiti and the challenges facing its security institutions.
On September 13, 2011, the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and USIP hosted a meeting featuring the Honorable Michaelle Jean, special envoy to Haiti for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and former governor general of Canada.
In the aftermath of war, two processes are vital to successfully manage the transition to stability: disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR). On September 12, 2011, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted a panel of distinguished experts with combined experience implementing DDR and SSR in Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, the Balkans, Somalia and Haiti.
In spite of the compelling challenges associated with building legitimate governments, health systems development in post-conflict and fragile states has experienced important successes. The conference reviewed the last decade in health programming in post-conflict and fragile states, as well as addressed key questions about the intersection of health in "fragile states" and development, national security policy, and considered a way forward.
USIP hosted a panel of distinguished experts to discuss the various aspects of security - political, economic, personal and criminal - in Haiti.