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Progressive Policy Institute - Progressive Fix
February 3, 2010
Haiti After the Quake: Nation-Building Next Door

Haiti After the Quake: Nation-Building Next Door

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The international community's immediate response to the humanitarian needs in Haiti is the first step in a long process to put Haiti back on its feet after the earthquake. In a memo released today by the Progressive Policy Institute, Jim Arkedis and Mike Derham outline the challenges facing Haiti and the international community in this nation-building exercise.

"Firm resolve behind a nation-building project is critical if Haiti is to stand again," write Arkedis and Derham. "Beyond the complex and immediate issues surrounding relief aid, the international community must already begin work on second-order concerns once immediate humanitarian priorities are brought under control."

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The authors argue that the first immediate long term priority is resolving the authority problem and establishing meaningful governance. Arkedis and Derham call for a comprehensive and coordinated effort to stabilize the economy, rebuild civil society and create a modern and more stable infrastructure.

Download the full policy report here.

The Progressive Policy Institute is an independent research institution founded in 1989 that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics in the 21st century.  Through research, policy analysis and dialogue, PPI challenges the status quo and advocates for radical policy solutions.

For more information or to speak with the author, contact Steven Chlapecka, schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202.525.3931.

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