The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 36, Issue 1

Article 5
Credibility, Domestic Politics and Presidential Decision-making: William J. Clinton’s 1994 Invasion of Haiti

Philippe R. Girard


This essay attempts to determine why President Clinton invaded Haiti in 1994. After surveying the impact of economic goals, strategic interests, drugs, refugees, idealism and Aristide’s lobbying, the author argues, based on available documents, that concerns about his political future at home and America’s credibility abroad prompted Clinton to take a stand in Haiti.