Prospects and Pitfalls for Security Assistance in Haiti
Since the authorization of a security assistance mission to Haiti by the UN Security Council, major questions have remained as to how such a deployment would seek to handle the interlocking and entrenched security challenges the country faces. Important questions remain as to how the planned Kenya-led mission will seek to wrest control of territory from criminal groups, bolster the overwhelmed Haitian National Police, and ensure accountability and transparency in its own conduct amid a fraught political context.
This event will explore options for delivering effective security assistance to Haiti. In particular, it will focus on the state of security challenges in the country, especially the disproportionate impacts this situation has on marginalized populations, and what the role of the United States and like-minded partners should be in supporting the Haitian people and the Kenyan mission. It will also delve into the history of security efforts in Haiti, and key lessons learned for today’s efforts.
This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.
In this panel, experts will examine the current state of public safety in Haiti, the capabilities and limitations role of the Haitian National Police (HNP), potential Haitian solutions to the issues, and opportunities for external support.