Volume 5, Number 2 (2020)
The Last Frontier of Liberal Stabilisation: Haiti under MINUSTAH’s Stewardship
Chalmers LaRose
Over the last two decades, stabilisation missions have become a growing trend in the strategic practices of the United Nations. Such an incremental growth coincides with the hegemonic status achieved by a particular vision of peace, the liberal democratic peace paradigm. Yet, during the same period, the United Nations’ peace operation in Haiti, both the longest running and the only such stabilisation mission in operation in the Americas, resulted in a stalemate. What are the factors that explain this paradox? Are United Nations stabilisation missions an effective engine for peace and stability in today’s international politics?