Dialogue has been around as long as humans faced with a crisis have gathered in circles to talk. It is one of the oldest forms of conflict resolution and is still, when well-conceived and executed, one of the most effective. But the familiarity of dialogue can lead to oversimplification or to the perception that it is easier to do successfully than is actually the case.
USIP’s Project Coordinator Amanda Munroe worked with participants in the Future Generations Graduate School during the third of the partnership’s international academic residential sessions from March 31 to April 7, this time in Jacmel, Haiti.
Despite common perceptions of Haiti as a place of chaos, violence, and crime, a movement called konbit is looking to spur community-driven change.
USIP panelists say that, while elections may need to be held, as in the case of long-delayed senate and local elections, more effective pressure and support should be exerted to produce lasting, legitimate results.
Confirmation of a new prime minister by Haiti’s parliament provides an opportunity to rectify previous missteps and begin moving Haiti toward a peaceful and prosperous future.
Since 2010, USIP has conducted a series of conflict resolution trainings in Haiti for Haitian civil society activists.
This report is based on the panel presentation and the views expressed at a public forum hosted by USIP’s Haiti Program on February 15, 2012 discussing justice in Haiti and the path forward for judicial reform.
Calling United Nations and regional peacekeeping a “strategic priority” and a cost-effective way of bolstering U.S. national security, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro laid out U.S. policy for expanding the number and capabilities of peacekeepers deployed to conflict zones before an audience at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on February 27.
Under pressure from President Martelly, Haiti’s Prime Minister Garry Conille resigned after only four months in office, plunging the country into another political crisis. We asked Robert Perito, director of USIP's Haiti Program, what happens next in the western hemisphere's poorest nation?