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The International Institute for the Study of Cuba is an initiative by a team of UK located academics, specialists and consultants located at the University of Buckingham in the UK with the object of providing a dispassionate, in-depth and objective appraisal of the Cuban political, economic, cultural and historical experience.

The Institute is a membership association, open to all who share its aims and objectives. Among our goals are to provide reports and policy recommendations to decision-makers that are objective, factual and reasoned. We also exist to ensure the continued open access publication of the International Journal of Cuban Studies and to organise educational and academic events. We disseminate objective research and appraisals of Cuba, in particular its politics, history, culture and scientific progress.

The Institute is non-profit making and depends entirely on donations and the goodwill of those who donate their time and efforts unpaid in order to do its work.

Money raised by the IISC goes to pay the expenses of keeping up the website, supporting academic research and providing the editorial content of the journal.



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Tour Cuba with an IISC expert and the University of Buckingham

Following two successful tours in 2018 and 2019, the Department of Politics at the University of Buckingham is once again offering this study visit to Cuba led by Dr Stephen Wilkinson, who lectures on Latin American and Cuban Politic. Steve is Editor of the International Journal of Cuban Studies and the Director of International Institute for the Study of Cuba. Steve has been visiting Cuba since 1987, holds a PHD in Cuban Literature and has led more than twenty study tours to the island.

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IISC locates to University of Buckingham 

The University of Buckingham has joined forces with the International Institute for the Study of Cuba to further research, academic cooperation and an evidence-based understanding of Cuba, its history, politics and culture.

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Evaluating the Bay of Pigs invasion 60 Years on

This paper, originally written in 2001, analyses the evidence and argues that the US failure at Playa Girón can be read as a microcosm of US policy towards Cuba in the subsequent 60 years. It concludes that not only was the invasion a catastrophe in the short term, its effect in Cuba and the US was to guarantee that US aims would be frustrated for long afterwards.

Perspectives on Covid from Havana

Like the rest of the world, Havana and Cuba have just completed the first full year of Covid 19.  It has done so with the full force of the U.S. embargo on its neck, including additional measures enacted by the Trump administration and so far not modified or removed by the Biden administration.  What has Havana been like the past year?  What is it like now? What have been the major challenges and achievements?

Cuba, the economy and China: IISC seminars at the University of Buckingham

The IISC, in collaboration with the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Buckingham, in the UK continue their research seminars this Spring with two international speakers.

Cuba Forum hosts first seminar live from Cuba

The Cuba Forum based at the University of Nottingham has arranged its first research seminar to be held live over conferencing software FROM CUBA on 23 March 2021 .