Who ‘Owns’ Haiti? Now Streaming

On May 2, 2014, the Focus On Haiti Initiative of the Institute for International and Global Studies (IGIS), and the Latin American & Hemispheric Affairs Program (LAHSP), hosted Who ‘Owns’ Haiti? Sovereignty in a Fragile State: 2004 – 2014 at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C.  The symposium explored issues related to… Continue reading Who ‘Owns’ Haiti? Now Streaming

‘Sisyphus revisited: grassroots development and community conflicts in Haiti’

In light of the recent political protests in Haiti, the Focus on Haiti team thought it would be appropriate to reintroduce an article previously published by Dr. Robert Maguire analyzing the relationship and distribution of power between the lower classes and elites in Haiti as our second Working Paper. The article ‘Sisyphus Revisited’ relates the… Continue reading ‘Sisyphus revisited: grassroots development and community conflicts in Haiti’

“Conquering Cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic” – Panel Discussion

By Nic Johnson, Undergraduate Research Assistant On October 24, 2013, Representative Barbara Lee (CA) and the Global Health Caucus hosted “Conquering Cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic: The Untold Story of Progress” at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The briefing featured representatives of public health organizations and advocacy groups to discuss new… Continue reading “Conquering Cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic” – Panel Discussion

Fault Lines: Views across Haiti’s Divide

By Nic Johnson, Undergraduate Research Assistant At the launch of Beverly Bell’s new book Fault Lines: Views across Haiti’s Divide last Sunday, I joined a group of more than thirty devoted readers, supporters, and colleagues overflowing the bustling back room of The Coupe in Washington, D.C. The book surveys the conditions in displaced persons camps,… Continue reading Fault Lines: Views across Haiti’s Divide

Historical ‘Anti-Haitianism’ and the Rulings of the Dominican Constitutional Court

By Scott Freeman, Visiting Scholar The Constitutional Court decision made by the Dominican Republic two weeks ago is the most recent of the ongoing rulings that affect Haitian citizenship in the country (Reuters, BBC). The law stipulates that individuals of foreign descent born after 1929, the vast majority of whom are Haitian, could have their Dominican… Continue reading Historical ‘Anti-Haitianism’ and the Rulings of the Dominican Constitutional Court

Audio from “Humanitarian Aid Accountability: Expectations and Realities in Haiti”

We are happy to bring you the audio from our September 9, 2013 panel, “Humanitarian Aid Accountability: Expectations and Realities in Haiti.” Please feel free to link to this page and disseminate the discussion widely- it is an important one, for both Haiti and broader issues of humanitarian aid. Focus on Haiti was proud to… Continue reading Audio from “Humanitarian Aid Accountability: Expectations and Realities in Haiti”

‘Haiti Through Clear Eyes’

Introducing the new Working Papers section of Focus on Haiti. The first paper is ‘Haiti Through Clear Eyes,’ a recent presentation by Dr. Robert Maguire addressing the contemporary social and political context in Haiti. Following this initial paper, we hope to expand the use of this section to post ongoing papers from the Focus on Haiti team. Working Paper posts,… Continue reading ‘Haiti Through Clear Eyes’