Though its national life often has been characterized by violence, Haiti has not been victim of a full-fledged internal conflict, or civil war.

Why, then, is the international community conducting “postconflict peacebuilding” operations there? Addressing that question, Chetan Kumar examines the course of international involvement in Haiti through the prism of the country’s unique past and present. His narrative is grounded in a discussion of the nature of peacebuilding and the role of civil society in building a functioning state.

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