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Exit Strategies and State Building$
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Richard Caplan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199760114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760114.001.0001

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Haiti

Haiti

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(p.118) 7 Haiti
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Exit Strategies and State Building
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Johanna Mendelson Forman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760114.003.0007

Haiti has seen seven UN missions to date since the early 1990s. Its problems have arisen from bad or ineffectual governance, weak institutions, and insecurity. The ever-expanding list of needs that Haiti’s elected government requires for survival, especially after the 2010 earthquake, makes it difficult to establish a clear end state for international engagement. While individual donor countries can find a way to exit, they do so by devolving authority to the UN as the means to maintain or create a lifeline to some of the most vexing political conflicts of our time. It would be unrealistic to imagine a twenty-year UN mission in Haiti, but it is clear that there will be a UN presence, even if the size is reduced, for the next several years.

Keywords:   Haiti, Aristide, Préval, demobilization and reintegration, UNMIH, MINUSTAH

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