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LASA Center Director Section Series on Indigeneity, Afro-descendants and other marginalized populations in Latin America.

EVENT: Roundtable on the African-descended contribution to Cuban independence

This will be a roundtable discussion on African-descended peoples’ contribution to the struggle for Cuban independence and their role in creating a racially inclusive nationality. Hosted by Stephen Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Director of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba at the University of Buckingham, alongside  Marta Carminero-Santangelo, Director of the University of Kansas Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 

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Autumn 2021 Seminars at the University of Buckingham

The IISC and University of Buckingham Humanities Research Institute have arranged for two experts to speak on the topics of the Cuban economy and the nature of the Cuban political system. Please join us either in person or online.

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Should Cuba be on the list of terror states?

The designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism has been a contentious issue from the start. The fact that Cuba has been a victim of terrorism itself and ironically form the United States, has meant that this has been a source of deep resentment in Havana. However, the hurt is more than moral, economically too, the inclusion of Cuba on the so-called 'terror list' has meant that foreign banks have been severely fined in the US for dealing with the island to the extent that they have pulled out of dealing with Cuba altogether. This has added enormously to the financial burden placed on the Cuban economy.

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Obama’s Cuba gambit: Is the US embargo finally coming to an end?

Does this departure by the White House signal the end of the US policy? Will Congress block any of the initiatives? How will these new policies impact on the Presidential Race? The President's actions have raised far more questions than they have answered.

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What should Obama do? The view from Cuba

There is much debate at present regarding the direction the Obama administration might take Cuba policy during its second term. Inevitably, the debate is focused on what politicians are saying in the United States. So here at the IISC, we thought we would provide the view from the other side of the Florida Straits. Here we offer a translation of a lecture on the topic of US-Cuba relations given by Dr. Néstor García Iturbe one of the Cuban Communist Party's leading academics and experts on foreign affairs.

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Cuba can cope without Chávez

Once again the web is abuzz with stories of impending doom for Cuba now that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez lost his battle against Cancer. However, I do not believe that the death of Chavez will be as disastrous for Cuba as many suppose.

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