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9771: Mobekk on Haiti (fwd)
An article "International Involvement in Restructuring and Creating Security
Forces: The Case of Haiti" by Eirin Mobekk appears in the current issue of
the Small Wars and Insurgencies journal. (Mobekk, of King's College, London,
is also on the Haiti Support Group management committee.) Unfortunately this
journal is probably only available in larger research libraries. For details
of subscriptions see: www.frankcass.com/jnls/swi.htm
Mobekk 's article analyzes the abolition of the Armed Forces of Haiti (FAd'H)
and the creation of a new police force after the intervention in Haiti by the
international community in 1994. It establishes the Haitian perspective on
the consequences of restructing of the security forces, and it argues that
the dissolution of the FAd'H was the only factor, which was seen as an
unmitigated success by Haitians. The article concludes that ignoring the
problems of reintegration of the demobilized soldiers exacerbated insecurity,
that the interim police was a failure, and the manner in which the new police
was created led to a situation where the police force was distrusted by all
layers of society, and became a part of the problem it was there to rectify.
Also in the current issue of the Democratization journal, Mobekk has an
article entitled, "Enforcement of Democracy in Haiti"
This article analyzes the result of attempting to enforce democracy in Haiti.
The objective of the international intervention, as stated in United Nations
Security Council Resolution 940, was the return of democracy. However, the
process in Haiti after the intervention was riddled with problems. The
article establishes the Haitian attitudes towards what happened and shows
that the type of governance that has been put in place is not what they had
expected. It argues that although the international community seems to
consider the intervention a success, the objective of the United Nations
Resolution has not been reached, because of the international community’s
unwillingness to consolidate the essential factors upon which to build a
Again, this journal is probably only available in larger research libraries.
For details of subscriptions see:
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