Dr. Robert Maguire, associate professor of international affairs, authored a major report about the future of Haiti that was published by the U.S. Institute of Peace in October. Maguire was on sabbatical from Trinity during the 2008-09 academic year, and was selected to be a distinguished Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he engaged in research and dialogue about Haiti. He currently serves as chair of the institute’s Haiti Working Group.
The report, “Haiti After the Donors’ Conference: A Way Forward,” examines the current situation in Haiti following a 2009 conference at which more than $350 million was pledged to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. Haiti has endured years of economic setbacks, natural disasters, political turmoil and extreme poverty and human suffering. There are concerns that even with a new infusion of funding, Haiti’s problems will continue. Maguire’s report surveys poverty and inequality in Haiti and examines obstacles to sustained stability and growth as a means of understanding why stimulative efforts have not succeeded thus far. The report offers conclusions and recommendations aimed at providing Haitians and their international supporters a way forward for achieving sustained stability and growth and for lessening the country’s turmoil and vulnerability to external shocks.
During his sabbatical, Maguire spoke frequently about Haiti at conferences and briefings held at Princeton University, University of the West Indies, U.S. Department of State, National Intelligence Council, Inter-American Development Bank and the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Maguire also authored several policy reports, briefings and journal articles about Haiti during his sabbatical. He wrote a chapter, “U.S. Policy Towards Haiti: Opportunities for a New Administration,” for the upcoming book, Haiti’s Governance Challenges and the International Community.Report on Haiti: A Way Forward