About IISC

The International Institute for the Study of Cuba started life in 2006 as an initiative by Professor Patrick Pietroni and Dr Stephen Wilkinson. With the enthusiastic support of the then Vice Chancellor, Brian Roper, the Institute was located in 2007 at London Metropolitan University.

Since April, 2021 it has been located at the University of Buckingham.

The main purpose if the IISC is to promote research and scholarship on Cuba that is reasoned and evidence based and beyond the ideological divide that prevents an accurate understanding of the island, its people, culture, economy and politics. To this end, the IISC seeks donations to help to finance the editorial content and publication of The International Journal of Cuban Studies, a  biannual academic journal, published by Pluto Journals.

In addition, the Institute organises academic seminars and conferences at the University of Buckingham and other universities. It also provides the opportunity for Cuban scholars to disseminate their work, offers travel opportunities for UK students to go to Cuba for the purpose of furthering their studies in whatever field, promotes academic exchanges of all kinds and seeks to help policy makers understand the Cuban reality accurately. In addition, it provides courses on Cuban history, culture and politics to adults and students.

The institute is open for individuals and organisations to join and details of how to join are to be found on the membership page. Donations however small are gratefully accepted.

The Cuban ‘social experience’ has been described as the longest running socialist experiment in history and as such has defied conventional analysis in both economic and political spheres.

At the start of the second decade of the 21st century remarkable changes are taking place in the political and economic landscape of Latin America, in which the Cuba is deeply involved. Just how these changes will progress and what outcomes are possible are questions that are highly significant for policy makers and the business community.

The need for a thorough study of Cuba and its potential in this rapidly evolving environment has never been more deeply felt.

Beyond the politically charged nexus of the Havana-Miami-Washington relationship, globally, the Institute is a focus for information seekers and policy makers.