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The US move towards Cuba and the Cuban move towards the market

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.

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Screening: Cuba for Sale + Q&A

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with IISC Chairman Dr Stephen Wilkinson, journalists Juliana Ruhfus, Seamus Mirodan and others.

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Public seminar: The market as master or servant? Cuba’s attempt at a new ‘middle way’

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.

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Public Seminar and Book Launch: Cuba’s Cultural Policy

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.

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Book launch and seminar- Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of the Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González

Authors Abdul Alkalimat and Kate Williams will talk about their new book, which introduces readers to 1) the role of Afro-Cubans in Cuban history and culture, particularly in the 20th century, and 2) librarianship in the context of the Cuban revolution. Considering these two related subjects through the life and work of Marta Terry, Cuba will serve as an example for other Africans in the Americas and for all library workers in times of social change.

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“NO ES FACIL”: EVERYDAY LIFE IN CUBAN SOCIETY DURING THE SPECIAL PERIOD

Public seminar: “NO ES FACIL”: EVERYDAY LIFE IN CUBAN SOCIETY DURING THE SPECIAL PERIOD

This “No es Facil” Special Period seminar brings together a range of academics from different disciplines, all experts on Cuba, who will discuss the issues faced by ordinary Cuban citizens who, for well over a decade, courageously attempted to navigate their way though such a hostile economy.

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