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9771: Mobekk on Haiti (fwd)

From: Tttnhm@aol.com

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 
democratic society. 

Again, this journal is probably only available in larger research libraries. 
For details of subscriptions see: 


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