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Will the ALBA bloc boycott the OAS summit?

Storm clouds gather over Cartagena

A political storm is gathering for the Obama administration following the visit to Cuba last week by Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia. At issue is next month's summit of the Organisation of the American States (OAS) set to take place in Cartagena, Colombia, and a row that is developing between the countries of the ALBA bloc and the United States over Cuba's exclusion. The visit by Santos to Havana was historic because Colombia is now the United States' closest ally in a region that has been increasingly turning its back on Washington. Just how far the nations of latin America will go in support of Cuba's inclusion in the OAS summit will be an acid test of their new confidence and strength. Santos wanted to discuss ways in which Cuba could be included at the summit, but left saying that no 'consensus' could be reached.

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Just published: ‘Tackling an economic crisis by public consultation’ -The International Journal of Cuban Studies Vol 4.1

The International Journal of Cuban Studies, Volume 4 Number 1 has just been published with a focus on the Economic Reform Process in Cuba.

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Dupes or not, it is time to stop covert ops in Cuba

At a conservative estimate the U.S. Government has spent at least $390 million since 1996 on trying to subvert the Cuban government by covert means. That is the startling truth if Fulton Armstrong, a senior advisor on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is to be believed. Armstrong, who had three years’ experience as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s chief investigator into operations run by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Cuba and elsewhere in Latin America, has called on the Obama administration to stop wasting money on a hopelessly corrupt and forlorn project.

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Think tank launches major new analysis of Cuban economic policy

Cuba’s New Resolve: Economic Reform and its Implications for U.S. Policy

The Washington-based Center for Democracy in the Americas has publised a comprehensive report – Cuba’s New Resolve: Economic Reform and its Implications for U.S. Policy—which reflects what its says it has learned and why it believes it’s important for U.S. policy makers to understand what is unfolding in Cuba at this time.

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IISC executive board member writes

A Star is Born? Enter the CELAC

Dr Manuel Barcía Paz, senior lecturer at the University of Leeds and a board member of the IISC, has written on the founding of the new Caribbean and Latin American regional organisation: the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, better known by its Spanish acronym CELAC (Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños). Dr Barcía argues that while there have been attempts at regional integration in the past, this time the exclusion of the United States and Canada is a sign that the countries of the South are striking out on a new path towards independence.

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Inter-American Dialogue consults the IISC

Predicting the future: What will happen over Cuba in 2012?

The Washington based think-tank Inter-American Dialogue published a newsletter on 20 December prediciting the likelihood of further changes in Cuba during 2012. Among the contributors to the Latin American Advisor was Dr Stephen Wilkinson, Chairman of the IISC.

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