Upcoming Events

The Institute for Global and International Studies and

 the Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program

at the George Washington University present:

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 Humanitarian Aid Accountability: Expectations and Realities in Haiti

 A panel discussion featuring:

Mark SchullerAssistant Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development

at Northern Illinois University

 Michael N. BarnettProfessor of International Affairs and Political Science

 at the George Washington University

 Thomas C. AdamsHaiti Special Coordinator

at the US Department of State

who will discuss the politics of humanitarian aid in the United States by contextualizing aid to Haiti.

Americans have watched in discouragement as news channels continue to broadcast images of Haitian poverty in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, bringing the effectiveness of humanitarian aid into question. Join the panelists in a discussion of current US humanitarian aid, the impact of US and Haitian citizens, and the successes and failures of humanitarian aid in Haiti.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E Street, NW

Lindner Commons, Suite 602

6:30-8:00 pm

TO RSVP: go.gwu.edu/haitiaid



Is it Time for MINUSTAH to Leave Haiti?

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013

Audio available here.

Mark Schneider, Senior Vice President & Special Adviser on Latin America: International Crisis Group
Moderator: Carl Meacham, Director: CSIS Americas Program

Formed in 2004 to restore public order following the removal of then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has continued its mission through this year, while also playing a key role in stabilizing Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake.  While many cite Haiti’s continued need for MINUSTAH, given remaining security challenges, many Haitians are calling for the force to leave, citing recent improvements. Many Haitians also feel that, at the least, MINUSTAH’s mission should be updated. To talk about this and more, the CSIS Americas Program is pleased to welcome Mark Schneider, author of Towards a Post-MINUSTAH Haiti: Making an Effective Transition (August 2012) and Governing Haiti: Time for National Consensus (February 2013), for a look at where MINUSTAH stands.  Join us for this timely and informative discussion.



Summer 2013 Peace and Stability Operations Colloquium Series

The Peace Operations Policy Program of the School of Public Policy, George Mason University is proud to present the following in its “Peace and Stability Operations Colloquium Series” of events:

The ABCs (Assistance, Beneficiaries, and Civ-Mil Roles) of U.S. Government Foreign Disaster Relief

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

3351 Fairfax Drive, “Founders Hall”—Room 118
Arlington, Virginia 22201
(Virginia Sq/GMU Metro Station)

Yonahton Bock (U.S. Agency for International Development)

Yoni Bock serves as a Humanitarian Assistance Advisor/Military based out of USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. He has worked with OFDA for nearly 10 years, and with the Military Liaison Team since 2009. Bock has participated in numerous overseas disaster responses, including the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (“Operation Tomodachi”), where he deployed as the Disaster Assistance Response Team’s Civil-Military Coordinator; and Kenya post-election violence in 2007. He served on technical teams sent to assist after the 2007 Greece wildfires and 2008 China earthquake. Back home, Bock was assigned to U.S. Central Command as the Senior Humanitarian Advisor, providing input on various exercises and operational guidance on military requirements during emergencies in Central Asia, including the 2010 Pakistan floods (2010-12); detailed to the Pentagon, where he supported the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Policy during the Haiti Earthquake response as a military liaison officer and worked on updating DoD policy pertaining to international disaster response (2009-10); and covered OFDA’s Iraq portfolio, including overseeing the programming of more than $80 million in emergency and transitional assistance (2008-09). Prior positions include work with the International Crisis Group, the Congressional Research Service, the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in Kenya, and several years with an Internet social media company in the 1990s. He holds an M.A. Law and Diplomacy (International Security Studies) from Tufts University’s Fletcher School and a B.A. Religion and Middle East Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Amb. (ret.) Robert W. “Bill” Farrand
Peace Operations Policy Program, GMU

RSVP: Please contact Dr. Allison Frendak at 703.993.4983 or afrendak@gmu.edu



The CSIS Americas Program and Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation (C3)
are pleased to invite you to

Haiti’s Education Sector: What are the Obstacles?


Robert D. Lamb
Director and Senior Fellow
Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation (C3)

Welcome and Introduction

Carl Meacham
CSIS Americas Program

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Fourth Floor Conference Room
CSIS 1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

In 2011, Haiti embarked on a five-year plan to reform its education sector.  Now at mid-term, that effort is widely believed to have faltered, a victim of Haiti’s low absorptive capacity.  When Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe gave a talk at CSIS on April 18, he asked his Education Minister, Vanneur Pierre, to respond to an audience member’s question that implied the school building program must be corrupt since there was so little to show for the large investment of international resources.

CSIS has recently completed research on the sources of absorptive capacity and found that this sort of “blaming the victim” mentality, while common, is not always justified.  While it is true that many aid recipients do not have adequate capacity for implementation, it is equally true that many aid programs are designed and implemented without an adequate appreciation of local desires, resources, capabilities, and challenges.

Join Robert D. Lamb, author of CSIS’s absorptive capacity study, and Carl Meacham, director of the CSIS Americas Program, for an interactive discussion with other experts on Haiti and education-sector reform.

Open to the public; however, space is limited.  To RSVP, please send confirmation to the Americas Program at americas@csis.org.


The Duke University Haiti Lab presents

Humanitarianism in Haiti: Visions and Practice

Thursday, April 11, 2013 – 9:30am to Friday, April 12, 2013 – 5:30pm

Day 1

9:30-10:00: Welcome Breakfast: Laurent Dubois

10:00-12:30: Donor Politics: Vijaya Ramachandran, Yasmine Shamsie, Michèle Pierre-Louis, Jonathan Katz

2:00-4:30: Practitioner Models: Benjamin Krause, Matthew Marek, Camille Chalmers, Chenet Jean-Baptiste, Mark Schuller

4:30-5:30: Reception

Day 2

10:00-12:30: Capacity Building: Conor Bohan, Joseph Philippe, Tatiana Wah, Marie St. Cyr

2:00-4:30: Public Health: Megan Coffee, Brian Concannon, Nancy Dorsinville

4:30-5:30: Closing Remarks

Humanitarianism in Haiti: Visions and Practice seeks to bring together grassroots activists and donors, international NGO workers and theorists to critically assess both the aims of humanitarian and development aid and the efficacy of aid design and delivery. By creating a horizontal space to cut through the sometimes competing agendas of different actors, the conference hopes to foster more honest and practical dialogue. Through these conversations we anticipate capturing a more comprehensive picture of the politics and on-the-ground challenges shaping the reconstruction effort in Haiti, and lay the groundwork for action that more effectively addresses Haitian-defined priorities.

Hosted by the Duke Haiti Lab, the conference will be the highlight of a year of exciting events that merge research, education, and practical applications of innovative thinking for Haiti’s disaster recovery and for the expansion of Haitian studies in the U.S. and Haiti. The conference is an outgrowth of the Haiti Project, a joint Duke-North Carolina Central University class on aid in Haiti. We are grateful to the Bank of America for its generous support of this conference.

Supported by the Mellon Foundation’s Humanities Writ Large grant, the Haiti Lab is one of three Humanities Laboratories based at Duke’s Franklin Humanities Institute.

Click here to learn more about the panelists.


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The Center for Strategic and International Studies Americas Program

invites you to a Statesmen’s Forum with

His Excellency Laurent Lamothe

Prime Minister of Haiti


Haiti: Recent Successes and Challenges

Introduction by

Carl Meacham

Director, CSIS Americas Program

Thursday, April 18

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

B1-A/B Conference Center

CSIS 1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

Since his appointment in May, 2012, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has spearheaded Haiti’s anti-corruption efforts.  The prime minister has also continued focusing on Haiti’s development efforts and channeling foreign investment to create employment opportunities.  At the same time, the Haitian government continues efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and political stability in a challenging environment.  Join us for this timely and informative discussion.

 Open to the public, however, space is limited.  To RSVP, please send confirmation to the Americas Program at americas@csis.org.


Haitian Studies Project Summer Academic Programs at the University of Massachusetts 

Haiti Today: People, Culture and Politics
July 8 – August 2, 2013

Each summer the Africana Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston in conjunction with the College of Advancing and Professional Studies offers a unique academic program on location in Haiti. This program explores the history, politics, culture, and the economic and social developments taking places in Haiti, from both external and internal perspectives. It will facilitate students’ understanding of Haiti through total immersion into culture, environment, language, and the country’s economic, political and social realities.

Open House at the University of Massachusetts Boston
Tuesday April 9, 2013
2:00-3:00 pm
Wheatley Hall, 1st Floor, Room 06

RSVP: Jennifer.Goode@umb.edu617.287.6995

For more information please visit: http://www.umb.edu/academics/caps/international/haiti

Haitian Creole Language and Culture Summer Institute

June 17-July 5, 2013

The Haitian Creole Language and Culture Summer Institute has been offered in Massachusetts for over two decades. Since the summer of 1995, the Institute has been conducted at the Harbor Campus of UMass Boston under the joint collaboration of the Africana Studies Department, the Haitian Studies Program, and the College of Advancing and Professional Studies.The institute has two components. There will be a three-week intensive program in different levels, geared toward the acquisition and practice of Haitian Creole. Also offered are two courses; one in techniques of translation for advanced students, and the other on Haitian Creole Studies.

Participants for the Institute come from a variety of settings across the United States looking to develop or improve their language skills. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who plan to conduct research in Haiti or in the Haitian diaspora, or who work in a volunteer or professional capacity either in Haiti during the reconstruction efforts, or with Haitians abroad. Although many institute participants come from the Boston area, the institute staff will assist out-of-town participants to find accommodations with Haitian families, where participants are immersed in a language and culture-oriented environment.

For housing inquires please e-mail: UMassCreoleHousing@gmail.com

For more information please visit: http://www.umb.edu/academics/caps/summer_programs/institutes/haitiancreole


The Institute for Global and International Studies,

the Culture in Global Affairs Research and Policy Program,

and the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program present:


 “Big Trucks, Pop Star Politicians and Consensus Building:

The Politics of Development in Haiti

A panel discussion featuring:


Raymond Joseph, former Haitian Ambassador to the US,

Jonathan Katz, journalist and author


Mark Schneider, International Crisis Group

who will discuss their recent work on post-Earthquake Haitian development

 In the wake of the 2010 earthquake and the return to ‘politics as usual’ in Haiti, the effectiveness of international aid has come into question.  Join the panelists in a discussion of the current governmental climate in Haiti, and the opportunities to respond to current crises within the domestic and international realm.


Tuesday, March 26th, 5:30-7:00 pm

The Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E Street, NW

Lindner Commons, Suite 602

TO RSVP: http://go.gwu.edu/haitipanel

Sponsored by the George Washington University’s Institute for Global and International Studies, the Culture in Global Affairs Research and Policy Program, and the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, which are parts of the Elliott School of International Affairs



Dr. Paul Farmer, “To Repair the World” Book Signing and Discussion (Paul Farmer Book Events)

 Please join Partners In Health and Hooks Book Events for an evening with Dr. Paul Farmer as he discusses his new book, To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation.

To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation is a collection of short speeches by the charismatic doctor and social activist. One of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice, Dr. Farmer encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times. Engaging, often humorous, and always inspiring, these speeches bring to light the brilliance and force of Dr. Farmer’s vision in a single, accessible volume.

A must-read for graduates, students, and everyone seeking to help bend the arc of history toward justice, To Repair the World leaves the reader with an uplifting vision: that with creativity, passion, teamwork, and determination, the next generations can make the world a safer and more human place.

Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D.,  is the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and Chair of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard. Among his numerous awards and honors is the MacArthur Foundations Genius Award.

Admission: Tickets can only be purchased online at www.hooksbookevents.com or by calling TicketFly (877.987.6487). The cost is $25 for 1 ticket; $35 for 1 ticket + 1 book; $45 for 2 tickets + 1 book. Student tickets are available for $12 (*Must show valid student ID to pick up ticket from will-call). There is a $1.50 fee per ticket for phone orders. Doors open at 6:00 pm.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT


Partners In Health


Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (Washington, DC)600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001



United States Institute of Peace

Can Elections Save Haiti?

March 25, 2013, 9:30am-11:30am ET

U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037 | Directions

Please read: Important information for guests attending public events at USIP.


One year ago, the horrific, desperate act of a simple fruit seller set in motion a chain reaction of events that led to the demise of autocratic governments across North Africa – the Arab Awakening.

Haiti’s president and parliament appear deadlocked in another effort to form a Permanent Electoral Council in the manner prescribed in the country’s complex 1987 constitution. Failure to resolve the problem will result in further delays in holding elections, but is the annual round of elections the answer to Haiti’s problems? Is there another approach to achieving the effective governance that Haiti requires to rebuild shattered infrastructure, resettle tent camp dwellers, and resume progress toward a brighter future? A panel of distinguished experts will discuss the challenges of governing Haiti and holding elections in a timely manner.

This event will feature the following speakers:

Thomas Adams
Special Coordinator, Office of Haiti
U.S. Department of State

Raymond Joseph
Former Haitian Ambassador to the U.S.
Founder, A Dollar A Tree for Haiti, Inc.

Mark Schneider
Senior Vice President
International Crisis Group

Jonathan Katz
Former AP Correspondent & editor in Port au Prince
Author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

Dr. Robert Maguire
Director of the Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program
Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Robert Perito
Director of Security, Sector & Governance and Haiti Program
U.S. Institute of Peace


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