Plunging into Haiti: Clinton, Aristide, and the Defeat of Diplomacy

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Plunging into Haiti: Clinton, Aristide, and the Defeat of Diplomacy by Ralph Pezzullo

For much of the early 1990s, Haiti held the world's attention. A fiery populist priest, Jean Bertrand Aristide, was elected president and deposed a year later in a military coup. Soon thousands of desperately poor Haitians started to arrive in makeshift boats on the shores of Florida.

In early 1993, the newly elected Clinton administration pledged to make the ...

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Overview

Plunging into Haiti: Clinton, Aristide, and the Defeat of Diplomacy by Ralph Pezzullo

For much of the early 1990s, Haiti held the world's attention. A fiery populist priest, Jean Bertrand Aristide, was elected president and deposed a year later in a military coup. Soon thousands of desperately poor Haitians started to arrive in makeshift boats on the shores of Florida.

In early 1993, the newly elected Clinton administration pledged to make the restoration of President Aristide one of the cornerstones of its foreign policy. But that fall the U. S. let supporters of Haiti's ruling military junta intimidate America into ordering the USS Harlan County and its cargo of UN peacekeeping troops to scotch plans and return to port. Less than a year later, for the first time in U. S. history, a deposed president of another country prevailed on the United States to use its military might to return him to office.

These extraordinary events provide the backdrop for Plunging into Haiti: Clinton, Aristide, and the Defeat of Diplomacy-Ralph Pezzullo's detailed account of the international diplomatic effort to resolve the political crisis. Through his father, Lawrence Pezzullo, who served as the U. S. special envoy to Haiti, Ralph Pezzullo gained access to important players on all sides. He tells the story of talented, committed men and women from the United States, France, Argentina, and Haiti who dedicated themselves to creating an outcome that would benefit Haiti and the rest of the world.

With the energy of a political thriller, Plunging into Haiti fleshes out the central political struggle with threads of Haitian history. Using his unique perspective and access, Ralph Pezzullo covers the aftermath of the Clinton administration's diplomatic maneuvers to show an island still in turmoil.

Ralph Pezzullo is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, novelist, poet, and journalist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604735338
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 5/22/2006
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 1,032,085
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Pezzullo

Ralph Pezzullo is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, novelist, poet, and journalist. He is the author of several books including Jawbreaker and At the Fall of Somoza and has written articles for the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Connoisseur, GQ, USA Weekend, the Miami Herald, and other publications.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Clinton's pledge 3
Ch. 2 Welcome to Haiti 16
Ch. 3 From slavery to independence 28
Ch. 4 Working with the UN 37
Ch. 5 Early U.S.-Haitian relations 52
Ch. 6 UN sanctions 60
Ch. 7 The first U.S. occupation 77
Ch. 8 Governors Island 86
Ch. 9 The fall of baby doc 107
Ch. 10 The New York pact 119
Ch. 11 The rise and fall of Aristide 132
Ch. 12 Reconciliation 149
Ch. 13 Prime Minister Malval 165
Ch. 14 Steps toward Aristide's return 181
Ch. 15 The Harlan County incident 195
Ch. 16 Dissension in Washington 209
Ch. 17 The resignation of Malval 221
Ch. 18 The parliamentarians' plan 231
Ch. 19 President Clinton changes policy 244
Ch. 20 Carter/Powell/Nunn 257
Epilogue : history repeats itself 271
Conclusions : lessons learned 273
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