Cuba in the 21st Century: Keynote Speakers

Carlos Alzugary Treto

Carlos Alzugaray Treto

From 1980 to 2007 Professor Alzugaray was on the faculty of the Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales Raúl Roa García (Raul Roa Garcia Advanced Institute for International Relations) (ISRI). He was the ISRI Department Chair (2006-2007) and Coordinator for Strategic and International Studies (2002-2007). Since June 2007, he has been Professor at the Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies (CEHSEU), at the University of Havana. Before becoming a full-time scholar in 1996, he spent 35 years (1961-1996) as a Foreign Service Officer, being posted at Cuban diplomatic and consular missions since 1961. He is the author of more than 30 publications on Cuban international relations. In this conference he spoke on Cuban Foreign Policy in the era of economic reforms.



Rafael Hernández

Rafael Hernández

Rafael Hernández is the editor of Temas, the leading Cuban magazine in the social sciences and the humanities, which is renowned for its contribution to intellectual controversy on the island. He is a senior research fellow at the Centro de Investigación de la Cultura Cubana Juan Marinello in Havana and is the author or editor of several books, including Cuba and the Caribbean and United States-Cuban Relations in the Nineties. His publicaitons include several books and essays on Cuban and U.S. policies, inter-American relations, international security , migration, Cuban culture, civil society and politics.  He was founding editor of Cuadernos de Nuestra América, the journal published by the Centro de Estudios sobre América, and coordinator of the Cuban exchange program with LASA (Latin American Studies Association). His most recent books are Looking at Cuba. Essays on Culture and Civil Society (Critics National Award, 2001), The Other War. Studies on Strategy and International Security (2000), The History of Havana (2006) and Shall We Play Ball? Debating U.S.-Cuban Relations (2011). His paper in this conference was entitled: Cuba: A transition to what?