Clinton in Haiti: The 1994 US Invasion of Haiti [NOOK Book]

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When Bill Clinton told his fellow citizens in 1994 that he intended to send an invading force to Haiti, he emphasized that his motives were idealistic: his goal was to restore democracy to Haiti and to end human rights abuses. Clinton in Haiti shows that other factors also played a role: the fear that Florida would be overwhelmed with Haitian refugees; the desire to erase a perception of U.S. military weakness following the military disaster in Somalia; the need to counter Republican attacks that Clinton was not ...
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When Bill Clinton told his fellow citizens in 1994 that he intended to send an invading force to Haiti, he emphasized that his motives were idealistic: his goal was to restore democracy to Haiti and to end human rights abuses. Clinton in Haiti shows that other factors also played a role: the fear that Florida would be overwhelmed with Haitian refugees; the desire to erase a perception of U.S. military weakness following the military disaster in Somalia; the need to counter Republican attacks that Clinton was not fit to be President; and a successful lobbying campaign orchestrated by Haitian President-in-exile Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The subsequent U.S. / UN occupation (1994-2000) was the most ambitious nation-building effort of the 1990s, but it was notably unsuccessful. Seven years and several billion dollars later, Haiti was once again plagued by political strife and poverty, while President Aristide delivered speeches attacking the American government that had brought him back to power. While Girard focuses on the conflict itself and the foreign policy dynamics at play between Haiti and the U.S., he also paints a picture of contemporary Haiti and delineates the tensions that led to the recent violence and the deposition of Aristide.
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"An engaging and wonderfully readable account of the circumstances leading up to the U.S. invasion of Haiti in 1994, and its restoration of Jean-Bertrand Aristide as Haitian president."—Elizabeth Abbott, Trinity College, University of Toronto

"This is an extraordinarily well written account that places Clinton's Haitian foreign policy in historical perspective. Linguistic wit and analytical sophistication prevail as Girard skillfully weaves readers through the complexities and tragedy of Haiti's history and the highly touted, but unsuccessful aftermath of the 1994 "invasion" by U.S. troops to restore Aristide and democracy to this Caribbean republic. Until Clinton administration classified documents become available this will remain the standard account and an object lesson for all future American cut-and-run attempts at peace-keeping and nation-building."—Joan Hoff,
Distinguished Research Professor of History, Montana State University, Bozeman

"Written by an outstanding young French scholar of recent American history, this examination of U.S. intervention in Haiti under Bill Clinton probes the motivations behind an unnecessary military action and explains the ways in which objective failure is translated into political success. The author's finely-calibrated sense of irony makes his work as entertaining as it is instructive." —Alonzo L. Hamby, Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio University, and author of For the Survival of Democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930s.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230254336
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/10/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 718 KB

Meet the Author

Philippe Girard is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at McNeese State University in Louisiana.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Haiti before the U.S. intervention 9
Ch. 3 Economic interests 21
Ch. 4 Restoring democracy 27
Ch. 5 U.S. credibility 37
Ch. 6 National security 51
Ch. 7 Domestic politics 61
Ch. 8 Haitian lobbying 79
Ch. 9 Invading Haiti, evading responsibilities 103
Ch. 10 Peacekeeping 121
Ch. 11 Nation building : great expectations 131
Ch. 12 Nation building : hard times 147
Ch. 13 Conclusion 161
App. I Economic statistics 169
App. II Political contributions from the clothing industry 171
App. III Immigration data 173
App. IV Haiti after 1994 175
App. V Haitian lobbying 177
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    Scholarly and witty

    The book has all the scholarly gravitas you might expect from an academic press: endless endnotes, details, multi-lingual research, etc. But is actually fun to read as well. There are behind-the-scenes accounts, interviews with key participants, vignettes on fascinating characters... Overall, an informative and enjoyable book.

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