Smith, Matthew J.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
CARICOM and the Politics of Crisis Management in Haiti 2004-2006
Date of Publication
The overthrow of Jean Bertrand Aristide government in Haiti in 2004 represented a crisis event not only for the Haitian republic but also for the Caribbean region. In the two years that have followed, Haiti fell into a spiral of instability in its political, economic and security structures, that more than previous upheavals in the country's recent history forced, a more interventionist role by its neigbour states. The regional institution, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) played a critical though controversial part in managing the situation and assisting in the rebuilding of democracy in its newest member state. This paper assesses the CARICOM response to the Haitian crisis, through a consideration of CARICOM's historical relationship with Haiti and the specific issues involved in its 2004-2006 engagement. It argues that the multifaceted complexities in the Haitian situation during this period, not only affected regional assistance, but also strained the Haiti-CARICOM relationship. Although the crisis has exposed the difficult obstacles to regional cooperation with Haiti, it has also emphasized the necessity of CARICOM involvement in Haitian affairs. (AU)....