Heine Offers Thoughts on the Current State of Haiti

In an interview with Associated PressJorge Heine, Research Professor at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, discusses the situation in Haiti one year after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

Heine noted that while things have always been hard in Haiti, the current situation in the country is as bad. A year after the unsolved assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, gang violence has grown worse and many Haitians have tried to flee a country that seems to be in economic and social freefall. Where once Haiti could be classified as a “fragile state,” Heine argues that it is now a “failed state” in that it is now unable to control rouge forces within the country. As violence and malnutrition spread, Heine predicts that the Haitian immigration crisis in the United States will only get worse.

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 faculty profile.