Defending democracy? Assessing the OAS's 2002 diplomatic intervention in Haiti

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Abstract

Inter-governmental organizations (IGOs) have vastly different capacities for intervening in conflicts in their member states. The Organization of American States (OAS), a regional IGO in Latin America, has the capacity to intervene diplomatically to defend democracy in the hemisphere. This article examines how well the OAS applied these diplomatic tools in defense of democracy in Haiti following the 2000 political crisis. I argue that the OAS achieved some success in Haiti, particularly the Electoral Technical Program. However, the bulk of the evidence suggests that the OAS missed key opportunities to invoke their strongest diplomatic tools in defense of democracy in Haiti.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-450
Number of pages20
JournalCivil Wars
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations

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