Three aspects characterize the figure of Fidel Castro. First of all, he is the architect of national sovereignty, the person who restored dignity to the people of the island by realizing the dream of the Apostle and National Hero José Martí for an independent Cuba. Secondly, he is a social reformer who has taken up the cause of the humble and the humiliated. Finally, he is an internationalist who extends a generous hand to needy people everywhere and places solidarity and integration at the center of Cuba’s foreign policy.Continue reading
Since 17 December 2014 when the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba was announced, there has been an intensiﬁed focus on Cuba in the media. Speculation is mounting that the United States is preparing to lift its 50-year-old economic embargo of the island. This paper places this diplomatic development in the broader context of the process of economic and political liberalisation that has been taking place in the island under the leadership of Raúl Castro and the changing demographics of southern Florida.Continue reading
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with IISC Chairman Dr Stephen Wilkinson, journalists Juliana Ruhfus, Seamus Mirodan and others.
Recent changes in Cuba's foreign investment law and a shift in US-Cuban relations have opened up new opportunities for American companies interested in doing business there. Our first Cuba Summit in the US will explore these opportunities, as well as the challenges facing new entrants into the Cuban market.
In this paper, Dr Wilkinson examines the problems of the Cuba's centrally planned economy from the point of view of the classical liberal economists, Freidrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, and argues that they would see the recent policy changes as a tacit admission that Cuba's command economy is a failure. However, they would also warn the Cuban government that by hanging on to an interventionist role, this bold new experiment is doomed to fail as well.
JOIN Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, author of the new book: To Defend the Revolution Is to Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy of the Cuban Revolution, for an evening of discussion and debate about the achievements of the Cuban revolution ion the cultural sphere.