Haiti: What Next?
The crew of a U.S. Army Landing Craft Utility from the Fort Eustis, Va., based 10th Transportation Battalion unloads relief supplies Feb. 12 at the Coast Guard Base on Haiti's southern coast.  (Photo: CWO Stauffer, USA)  



Colonel Michael Duhamel
Canadian Army

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The Caribbean island of Hispaniola is host to two countries which stand-out because despite their geographic proximity the Dominican Republic and Haiti have evolved and occupy widely different tiers of the economic spectrum. Haiti is not only the least developed country in the Americas. It also has a history of political dictatorships and social turmoil that have caused the international community to intervene on a regular basis.

Considering the economic possibilities demonstrated by its neighbor, its similar proximity to the US market, the considerable financial assistance being funneled through bilateral agreements and multinational organizations, and the repeated interventions by the United States and the UN in the past 15 years, why has Haiti's general condition continued to deteriorate?

This Academic Year 2009 USAWC International Fellow authored Strategic Research Project explores the causal factors that contribute to this situation, identifies weaknesses in past approaches, and proposes changes to enable a strategy to create a future stable and secure environment.

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