A lesson on UN peacekeeping—from Haiti

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, February 15, 2017.

United Nations peacekeeping forces in Haiti are on track to be withdrawn soon, a result of progress in reducing violence on the Caribbean island.

“Security is not perfect, but I think it is much better,” said head of UN peacekeeping Hervé Ladsous. One sign of progress: A more professional police force was able to help keep a relative peace during an election in November that brought a new president, Jovenel Moïse, to power.

UN peacekeepers were sent to Haiti in 2004 following an uprising that toppled then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. They have been controversial, mainly for inadvertently introducing cholera. But they have also been important for a new approach at countering armed gangs and kidnappers.

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