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Talks @ Pulitzer: The Clintons' Republic of Haiti

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June 22, 2015 | 5:30 PM EDT
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Workers retrieve lunch satchels left hanging in trees outside of a Sae-A Trading Company factory building at the Caracol Industrial Park in the north of Haiti on April 14. Sae-A is the anchor tenant of the $300 million-park, employing about 5,000 workers—still far short of the 60,000 jobs originally projected by 2017. The Clintons were instrumental at nearly every step in its creation. Image by Allison Shelley. Haiti, 2014.
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Bill and Hillary Clinton have wielded extraordinary influence in Haiti for decades, and particularly...

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Third graders practice a marching drill after school in preparation for a Flag Day ceremony planned for May 18 in the village of La Difference. Image by Allison Shelley. Haiti, 2015.

Join us on Monday, June 22, for a Talks @ Pulitzer with Pulitzer Center grantees Jonathan M. Katz and Allison Shelley as they discuss their reporting project, "The Clintons' Republic."

The relationship between America's most powerful couple and the hemisphere's most precarious country is long and unique. The Clintons have wielded extraordinary influence in Haiti since before former President Bill Clinton ordered a U.S. invasion to restore Jean­-Bertrand Aristide to the presidency in 1994.

Katz and Shelley document the key roles Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and now a candidate for U.S. President, have played in Haiti over the decades, from picking its national leaders to driving hundreds of millions of dollars in private aid, investment and U.S. taxpayer money toward its development. The couple's network of power and money can be felt in almost every aspect of the Haitian economy.

The reporting team ask what the Clintons' work in Haiti has accomplished. With Katz as writer and Shelley as photographer, the two focus on the Clintons' projects and prospects in the Caribbean island nation, examining the implications of their intensive involvement, and what that tells us about the present in Haiti and the future foreign policy of another Clinton administration.

Please reserve your seat today: rsvp@pulitzercenter.org—specify in subject line: "June 22 Talks @ Pulitzer."

Monday, June 22
5:30-7:00 pm
Pulitzer Center
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 615
Washington, DC 20036


A light reception will be held between 5:30 and 6 pm before the discussion begins.