Heine Joins Panel to Explore Governance Challenges in Haiti

On December 8, 2021, Ambassador Jorge Heine, Research Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, took part in a panel hosted by the Wilson Center on governance challenges in Haiti and the role the international community can play in addressing these challenges.  

The event, titled “Addressing Governance Challenges in Haiti: The Role of the International Community,” featured Heine and fellow experts the Honorable Raymond Joseph, former Haitian Ambassador to the United States; the Honorable Pamela White, former United States Ambassador to Haiti; and Robert Fatton Jr., Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia. Speakers discussed why previous efforts to address Haiti’s persistent challenges as well as the consequences Haiti’s ongoing instability has on the region.

In addressing Haiti’s challenges, Heine stated that “I have never seen such a depressing, such a bad situation in these 40 years [in Haiti] as it is now. You know it’s been mentioned the murder of the President, the earthquake, kidnappings, it’s really a very bad situation on the ground.” He went on to describe the urgent need for action from the international community to be taken in addressing Haiti’s underlying problems. 

A recording of the panel can be viewed below.

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He has served as ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007), and to South Africa (1994-1999), and as a Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government. Read more about Ambassador Heine on his Pardee School faculty profile.