Who ‘Owns’ Haiti? Symposium

On May 2, 2014, the Focus On Haiti Initiative of the Institute for International and Global Studies (IGIS), and the Latin American & Hemispheric Affairs Program (LAHSP), hosted Who ‘Owns’ Haiti? Sovereignty in a Fragile State: 2004 – 2014 at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C.  The symposium explored issues related to Haiti’s sovereign status by way of presentations and discussions on economy and development, cultural preservation and practices, and governance and international engagement.

The symposium brought together a diverse, multidisciplinary group of policy makers, practitioners, and academics from Haiti, the United States, the Caribbean and Brazil to discuss these issues.  Videos from the symposium’s panels and keynote presentation can be found below.


Keynote Address


Governance and Development 


Cultural Heritage


Politics and the International Community