Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of History and Archaeology
An Island among Islands' Haiti's strange relationship with the Caribbean community
Social and Economic Studies
Date of Publication
Haiti, the oldest independent nation in the Caribbean, has long held vital yet parodoxical connections with its neighbours. The last nation to join CARICOM in 1997, the Black republic has been both venerated for its revolutionary origins, and shunned for its confused political history. This attitude has produced a contradictory approach to Haitian affairs, made most apparent in CARICOM's reaction to the February 2004 coup against Jea-Bertrand Artistide and its aftermath. This paper examines the reasons why this relationship, despite Haiti's importance, remaines ambiguous. Through a review of the historical roots of the Haiti-CARICOM relationship and the regional response to Haitian political crises, particularly the post-Artistide situation, the paper argues that despite good intentions on both side, much of the promises of regional co-operation with Haiti remain unfulfilled....