Thursday, August 13, 2015

Presentation: COHA Press Conference with Haitian Presidential Candidate Michelet Nestor

Keynote Address By Presidential Candidate Michelet Nestor
Introductory Remarks By Sam Aman, COHA Senior Research Associate
And W. Alejandro Sanchez, COHA Senior Research Fellow
Venue: The George Washington University – Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW – Room 211
Washington, DC 20052

Date: Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 -10:00 am (EST)

With continued socioeconomic instability following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake of 2010, coupled with the en masse, forced deportation of hundreds of thousands of refugees of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic looming, the once ‘Gem of the Caribbean’ is again on the brink and under a geopolitical microscope.
The prolonged shortage of access to shelter, food and water for its citizenry, in addition to allegations of continued corruption in its governance and the misappropriation of relief funds, has served as a catalyst for international attention to justifiably be placed on Haiti’s potential to support the migration and efforts for political reformation.
In this light, the Republic’s upcoming Presidential elections, taking place on October 25, 2015, may serve as the milestone and inspiration to reshape perceptions of Haiti and pivot its present trajectory.
Questions no doubt linger – With over fifty candidates presently engaged in the contest, what is the likelihood the ‘playing field’ will be truly level and transparent? Does Haiti have the capacity to support free and fair elections? And if not, does the beleaguered Caribbean nation ‘deserve’ continued international support, still today a chief proponent of its economy?
Join international entrepreneur and Presidential candidate Michelet ‘Mike’ Nestor in an interactive discussion on Haiti’s present state of emergency and ‘crisis of conscience’, coupled with its potential for tangible change, hosted by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) on Wednesday, August 5th at 10:00 a.m.

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