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SEMINAR SERIES 2022: Biden’s policy and Cuban medical internationalism

A series of seminars from the world’s leading experts on Cuba organised by the IISC and the University of Buckingham.

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Nils Castro : The people take the initiative

The unforeseen incidents of discontent on July 11, 2021 gave the Cuban leadership the opportunity to go on the offensive with one of the basic qualities of the Revolution: the ability to multiply dialogues with the people and stimulate their participation, in each sector and community, to undertake the solution to their problems.

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. 

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.

Cuba and the US: Two narratives and an impending disaster?

Now that the dust is settling on the events in Cuba over Sunday 11 and Monday 12 July, details are beginning to emerge that give us a clearer idea of what actually happened. What is interesting and concerning is the way the Cuban Press has been painstakingly unpicking the events and presenting the Cuban people with a completely alternative narrative to that which is being circulated and repeated in the United States and which, it appears the government in Washington accepts. Both cannot be right and the truth may not lay in between. What is required is a level-headed appraisal and evaluation of the effect of both stories upon their respective audiences. Unfortunately, once again, ideological bias, mistrust and, it has to be said, irrationality and hatred are the enemies of making good policy. The matter is serious, for such is the balance of forces in the debate in the United States that a military intervention in Cuba is now more likely than it has been since the Missile Crisis of 1962.