Reconciling the Irreconcilable: The Troubled Outlook for U. S. Policy Toward Haiti
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The authors analyze the prospects for a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Haiti and for democracy and socioeconomic development there. They suggest the crisis is a zero-sum game in which the contending forces may well be fundamentally incompatible. The authors describe different courses of action and the steps that the United States might take to implement them. None of the choices are attractive, and none of them can guarantee success. Moreover, even if President Jean-Bertrand Aristide can be-restored to office, the outlook for democracy and socioeconomic development will be highly problematic. Such changes would require a wholesale transformation of the political culture, a process which would take at least a generation to accomplish, if indeed at all. They would also require substantial long-term aid from the international community and the United States.
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