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Smart Development Assistance in Haiti

Haiti may not be a top priority for U.S. foreign policymakers, yet its proximity to the United States and its challenges cannot be ignored.

Throughout its history Haiti has been plagued with cycles of violence, endemic poverty and a weak government, leading many policymakers to see this small Caribbean nation as the perpetual “basket case” of the Western Hemisphere. Fortunately, a “dual-window of opportunity” has opened for the country: The combination of physical security in Haiti and a shift in foreign policy that acknowledges the importance of development assistance in Washington could allow for real improvements in Haiti’s economic development.

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