The recent assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse sent waves through mainstream media publications around the world. It was a sad and shocking event that seemed to portend another disaster in the Caribbean nation. For those closely following Haiti, however, Moïse’s murder and the chaos and political uncertainty following it have been years in the making, in a country tragically familiar with political and humanitarian crises.
This week, Adam and Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli—who has covered Haiti for WOLA in the past—are talking to Jake Johnston, Haiti expert and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Their wide-ranging discussion covers the troubles of Haitian democracy even before the assassination of Moïse, the mysteries surrounding his killing, the failures of international aide and nation-building efforts, civil society’s suggestions for a path forward, and what effective U.S. support for Haiti and Haitians should look like. Note: it does not include military intervention.