USIP Webcast: Building a Better Haitian State (10/13/2010)

  • Posted on: 4 October 2010
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Since 2006, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) has organized monthly, public gatherings in Washington DC to discuss developmental challenges in Haiti.  On October 13, 2010 from 10:00 – 12:00, USIP will host a public forum on “Building a Better Haitian State” with several expert speakers involved in different aspects of the reconstruction.  The event, webcast live, will be moderated by long time friend of Haiti Robert Maguire.  After registering, viewers can participate in online discussion and submit questions.  Event details are below.  Click here to learn more about USIP's Haiti related activities and resources. 


In Haiti, the challenge of earthquake recovery has been compounded by the need to prepare for presidential elections on November 28.  Rubble removal and reconstruction have slowed to a crawl.  Competition among 19 candidates for the nation’s highest office has raised political tensions at a time when patience is running thin. A panel of experts will discuss the challenges facing the Haitian government and the international community.  Speakers include:


Meghann Curtis

Senior Adviser, Office of the Counselor and Chief-of-Staff

U.S. Department of State


James Dobbins

Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation

Co-author, RAND report on "Building a More Resilient Haitian State"


Alex Dupuy

Distinguished Professor of Sociology

Wesleyan University


Keith Crane

Director, Environment, Energy, and Economic Development, RAND Corporation

Co-author, RAND report on "Building a More Resilient Haitian State"


Robert Maguire, Moderator

Chair, Haiti Working Group, U.S. Institute of Peace

Former Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, USIP

Associate Professor of International Affairs

Trinity Washington University


Date/Time:  October 13, 2010 (10:00 – 12:00)



United States Institute of Peace

2nd Floor Conference Room

1200 17th St, NW

Washington, D.C. 20036


About the USIP Haiti Working Group: USIP’s Haiti Working Group focuses the attention of Washington policymakers on Haiti. Monthly meetings convene a group of officials, experts, practitioners, and interested members of the public to discuss developments in Haiti and in U.S.-Haitian relations. In 2010, USIP is focusing on supporting the international community’s recovery efforts following the January 12th earthquake. USIP's Haiti Program is directed by Robert Perito. The Chairman of the Haiti Working Group is Robert Maguire, Associate Professor at Trinity Washington University and former USIP Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow.  Through the Working Group, USIP has convened public forums and produced thoughtful publications on Haiti since 2006.

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