US Foreign Policy towards Haiti 1994: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource


Presidents, Bureaucrats, and Congressional representatives all participate in making US foreign policy. These policy makers may take several approaches when developing foreign policy. An example of one type of foreign policy approach is when a powerful nation attempts to prevent aggressive actions against it by improving the internal state of affairs of another country that is perceived as a threat, even if this means encouraging a revolution. This approach was used by the US towards Haiti in 1994.

In 1994, following military rule, political and civil unrest erupted in Haiti. President Clinton pursued a policy that did not tighten the embargo against Haiti because he was concerned it would hurt, rather than help the Haitian people. In addition, out of concern for a possible invasion of Haitian refugees, Clinton also agreed to repatriate Haitians who made it to the United States. Clinton's team negotiated for the military leaders to leave Haiti and for the return of the elected Haitian president.

The goal of this exercise is to explore US foreign policy and the way US citizens view these policies and their implementation. In this exercise, we will explore foreign policy towards Haiti in 1994. Frequency tables and crosstabs will be used.

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