Haiti: Hope for a Fragile State

Published: May 1, 2006

Haiti is a country in the midst of a political, economic, ecological and social crisis. Violence has sabotaged attempts to establish the rule of law, and state infrastructure is notably absent in much of the country, leading to an overall climate of insecurity. Haiti: Hope for a Fragile State sheds light on the varied and complex roots of the current crisis, dispels misperceptions and suggests that the situation in Haiti, despite evidence to the contrary, is not completely desperate. It brings together diverse perspectives on development, the military, history, NGOs and politics, and discusses the peacebuilding efforts of the past, suggesting ways to move forward to make Haiti a strong state.

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Andrew S. Thompson is a senior fellow at CIGI, effective November 2014.  A specialist in the fields of international human rights, civil society movements and fragile states, Andrew is adjunct assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo and the program officer for the global governance programs at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.