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The U.S.-led military operation in Haiti has unfolded with minimal violence and few casualties so far. That factual proposition – which is necessarily subject to revision – has important ramifications under both U.S. constitutional law and international law. On the constitutional level, the avoidance of hostilities defused what was poised to become a serious confrontation between the President and the Congress. On the international level, doubts in some quarters about the legitimacy of a forcible intervention, although not entirely allayed, were somewhat quieted with the achievement of a negotiated solution, which enabled U.S. troops to bring about the return to power of President Aristide without having to shoot their way into Haiti.


Constitutional Law | International Law | Law | Military, War, and Peace


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