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CEPR Launches New Round-up of Haiti News and Analysis

June 14, 2023

Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-293-5380 x104Mail_Outline

Washington, DC — The Center for Economic and Policy Research is launching a new round-up of news and analysis on Haiti, being compiled and analysis written by Senior Research Associate Jake Johnston and International Program Intern Chris François. The fortnightly round-up is intended to provide crucial context and updates for readers to understand Haiti’s current political, humanitarian, and economic crises.

The first edition covers a just-completed summit in Jamaica between stakeholders from the Haitian government, the political opposition, and Haitian civil society; as well as new US sanctions against former prime minister Laurent Lamothe for misappropriation of over $60 million in aid from Venezuela; the first sentencing of a defendant in the plot around the assassination of former president Jovenel Moïse; and a new earthquake that struck the southern part of Haiti.

Jake Johnston has a B.A. in Economics from Boston University and an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He is the lead author for CEPR’s Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch blog and his articles and op-eds have been published in outlets such as The New York Times, The Nation, The Intercept, Le Monde Diplomatique, Boston Review, and Al Jazeera. His book, Aid State: Elite Panic, Disaster Capitalism, and the Battle to Control Haiti, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press.

Chris François has a bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies from Manchester University, and a master’s degree in Global Affairs from Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in development studies from York University, and has worked as a research fellow and policy analyst, gaining professional experience with roles in NGOs, academia, and think tanks in various countries.

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