May the U.N. Mission Succeed

“Haiti’s Gangs: Can a Foreign Mission Break Their Stranglehold?” By the International Crisis Group. A wise, seasoned appraisal of the U.N.’s chances against the gangs by a research group with deep experience in Haiti. Advises front-loading the mission to gain immediate ascendancy, to avoid a war of a thousand cuts. Appropriately skeptical of the Haitian political class’s capacity to cooperate in bringing the country to elections. The Crisis Group has written the definitive road map as Haiti enters its year of opportunity. If this one is missed, Eternity may not grant another

Gangs Infest Lower Artibonite

Report by U.N. high commissioner for human rights. Despite valiant efforts of the Haitian National Police, as at Liancourt last year when seven policemen bravely gave their lives in the struggle, gangs have spread from the capital into the lower Artibonite. They execute members of the local population during attacks on villages. They burn abductees to force their families to pay ransoms. Haitian senators have connived with them. To support the police and courts, the high commissioner urges that the Security Council’s multinational mission be sent as quickly as possible.

70 Percent Want U.N. Back

A new poll commissioned by the Haitian Health Network finds this percentage in favor of the U.N.’s return. Slideshow

Return of the U.N.

Alone in decrying the departure of the U.N. in 2017, we are elated that it is back. Its mandate is narrower than the last mission’s, but well-focused on the emergency. The Security Council should consider the successes as well as the failures of the last mission and morph this coalition of the willing into a full-scale peacekeeping mission administered by the United Nations, and with a mandate broad enough to put Haiti on its upward path

Hail Kenya. Where Is the U.S.?

By the Haiti Democracy Project in the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor. Kenya is to be widely applauded for its offer to lead an international force in support of the Haitian police. Where is the United States?