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Haiti [electronic resource] : hope for a fragile state /
Yasmine Shamsie and Andrew S. Thompson, editors.
imprint
[Waterloo, Ont.] : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2006.
description
131 p. : ill., map.
ISBN
0889205108
format(s)
Book
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imprint
[Waterloo, Ont.] : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2006.
isbn
0889205108
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Papers originally presented at the conference Canada in Haiti, held at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Ont., Nov. 3-4, 2005.
language note
Includes conclusion in French.
catalogue key
10507548
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Yasmine Shamsie is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and a Fellow at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University. She specializes in the Political economy of democracy promotion and has written on the Organization of American States (OAS) peace-building efforts in Haiti. Andrew S. Thompson holds a PhD in history from the University of Waterloo and has written on questions of human rights and international governance. He has worked at l'Hohat;pital Bon Samaritain in Limb, Haiti, and in 2004, he was a member of an Amnesty International human rights lobbying and fact-finding mission to Haiti.
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Summaries
Long Description
This book...avoids the political debates about Jean-Bertrand Aristide that dominate so many current writingsabout Haiti. Its focus is the society itself, the sourcesof difference, the origins of violence, and thepossibility of change. The superb work done by theeditors has established a high standard for futureefforts. Haiti is a country in the midst of a political,economic, ecological, and social crisis. Violence hassabotaged attempts to establish the rule of law, andstate infrastructure is notably absent in much of thecountry, leading to an overall climate of insecurity.Haiti: Hope for a Fragile State sheds light on the variedand complex roots of the current crisis, dispelsmisperceptions, and suggests that the situation in Haiti,despite evidence to the contrary, is not completelydesperate. It brings together diverse perspectives ondevelopment, the military, history, NGOs, and politicsand discusses the peace-building efforts of the past,suggesting ways to move forward to make Haiti a strongstate.
Main Description
Haiti is a country in the midst of a political, economic, ecological, and social crisis. Violence has sabotaged attempts to establish the rule of law, and state infrastructure is notably absent in much of the country, leading to an overall climate of insecurity. This book sheds light on the varied and complex roots of the current crisis, dispels misperceptions, and suggests that the situation in Haiti, despite evidence to the contrary, is not completely desperate. It brings together diverse perspectives on development, the military, history, NGOs, and politics and discusses the peace-building efforts of the past, suggesting ways to move forward to make Haiti a strong state.
Main Description
This book...avoids the political debates about Jean- Bertrand Aristide that dominate so many current writings about Haiti. Its focus is the society itself, the sources of difference, the origins of violence, and the possibility of change. The superb work done by the editors has established a high standard for future efforts. Haiti is a country in the midst of a political, economic, ecological, and social crisis. Violence has sabotaged attempts to establish the rule of law, and state infrastructure is notably absent in much of the country, leading to an overall climate of insecurity. Haiti: Hope for a Fragile State sheds light on the varied and complex roots of the current crisis, dispels misperceptions, and suggests that the situation in Haiti, despite evidence to the contrary, is not completely desperate. It brings together diverse perspectives on development, the military, history, NGOs, and politics and discusses the peace-building efforts of the past, suggesting ways to move forward to make Haiti a strong state.
Main Description
"This book...avoids the political debates about Jean-Bertrand Aristide that dominate so many current writings about Haiti. Its focus is the society itself, the sources of difference, the origins of violence, and the possibility of change....The superb work done by the editors has established a high standard for future efforts." (Terry Copp and John English from the Preface) Haiti is a country in the midst of a political, economic, ecological, and social crisis. Violence has sabotaged attempts to establish the rule of law, and state infrastructure is notably absent in much of the country, leading to an overall climate of insecurity. Haiti: Hope for a Fragile Statesheds light on the varied and complex roots of the current crisis, dispels misperceptions, and suggests that the situation in Haiti, despite evidence to the contrary, is not completely desperate. It brings together diverse perspectives on development, the military, history, NGOs, and politics and discusses the peace-building efforts of the past, suggesting ways to move forward to make Haiti a strong state. Co-published with the Centre for International Governance Innovation
Main Description
"This book...avoids the political debates about Jean-Bertrand Aristide that dominate so many current writings about Haiti. Its focus is the society itself, the sources of difference, the origins of violence, and the possibility of change....The superb work done by the editors has established a high standard for future efforts." (Terry Copp and John English from the Preface)Haiti is a country in the midst of a political, economic, ecological, and social crisis. Violence has sabotaged attempts to establish the rule of law, and state infrastructure is notably absent in much of the country, leading to an overall climate of insecurity. Haiti: Hope for a Fragile Statesheds light on the varied and complex roots of the current crisis, dispels misperceptions, and suggests that the situation in Haiti, despite evidence to the contrary, is not completely desperate. It brings together diverse perspectives on development, the military, history, NGOs, and politics and discusses the peace-building efforts of the past, suggesting ways to move forward to make Haiti a strong state.Co-published with the Centre for International Governance Innovation
Main Description
"This book...avoids the political debates about Jean-Bertrand Aristide that dominate so many current writings about Haiti. Its focus is the society itself, the sources of difference, the origins of violence, and the possibility of change....The superb work done by the editors has established a high standard for future efforts." (Terry Copp and John English from the Preface) Haiti is a country in the midst of a political, economic, ecological, and social crisis. Violence has sabotaged attempts to establish the rule of law, and state infrastructure is notably absent in much of the country, leading to an overall climate of insecurity. Haiti: Hope for a Fragile Statesheds light on the varied and complex roots of the current crisis, dispels misperceptions, and suggests that the situation in Haiti, despite evidence to the contrary, is not completely desperate. It brings together diverse perspectives on development, the military, history, NGOs, and politics and discusses the peace-building efforts of the past, suggesting ways to move forward to make Haiti a strong state. Copublished with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo Ontario
Unpaid Annotation
Haiti is a country in the midst of a political, economic, ecological, and social crisis. Violence has sabotaged attempts to establish the rule of law, and state infrastructure is notably absent in much of the country, leading to an overall climate of insecurity. Haiti: Hope for a Fragile State sheds light on the varied and complex roots of the current crisis, dispels misperceptions, and suggests that the situation in Haiti, despite evidence to the contrary, is not completely desperate. It brings together diverse perspectives on development, the military, history, NGOs, and politics and discusses the peace-building efforts of the past, suggesting ways to move forward to make Haiti a strong state.
Unpaid Annotation
'This book'avoids the political debates about Jean-Bertrand Aristide that dominate so many current writings about Haiti. Its focus is the society itself, the sources of difference, the origins of violence, and the possibility of change. ?The superb wordk done by the editors has established a high standard for future efforts.'?Terry Copp and John English from the PrefaceHaiti is a country in the midst of a political, economic, ecological, and social crisis. Violence has sabotaged attempts to establish the rule of law, and state infrastructure is notably absent in much of the country, leading to an overall climate of insecurity. Haiti: Hope for a Fragile State sheds light on the varied and complex roots of the current crisis, dispels misperceptions, and suggests that the situation in Haiti, despite evidence to the contrary, is not completely desperate. It brings together diverse perspectives on development, the military, history, NGOs, and politics and discusses the peace-building efforts of the past, suggesting ways to move forward to make Haiti a strong state.Copublished with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo Ontario
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Acronymsp. xiii
Introduction-Haiti: Hope for a Fragile Statep. 1
The Current and Historical Context
The Fall of Aristide and Haiti's Current Predicamentp. 15
Assisting a Neighbour: Haiti's Challenge to North American Policy-Makersp. 25
The Economic Dimension of Peacebuilding in Haiti: Drawing on the Past to Reflect on the Presentp. 37
Justice and Security
Haiti's Tenuous Human Rights Climatep. 51
Reflections on the Situation in Haiti and the Ongoing UN Missionp. 71
Building Haiti Through Civil Society
The Role of the Private Sector and the Diaspora in Rebuilding Haitip. 85
Dissonant Voices: Northern NGO and Haitian Partner Perspectives on the Future of Haitip. 99
Conclusion-La difficile sortie d'une longue transitionp. 111
Notes on the Contributorsp. 129
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