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Visit Cuba with the IISC

Following successful tours in 2018 and 2019, the IISC  is once again planning a study visit to Cuba led by Dr Stephen Wilkinson, who lectures on Latin American and Cuban Politics at the University of Buckingham. Steve has been visiting Cuba since 1987, holds a PHD in Cuban Literature and has led more than twenty study tours to the island.

The flights and itinerary will be organised by the ATOL/ABTA protected Cuba Specialist Travel company Captivating Cuba.

The tour will deepen participants’ understanding of history, politics, economics and international relations as well as expand their knowledge of Cuba, its unique character and history. But it is not all study, there will also be plenty of time to relax, explore Havana and enjoy a couple of days at the beach!

The plan is to fly economy with Air Europa via Madrid departing from Gatwick on Saturday 13th September and returning overnight on Saturday 23rd  arriving in Heathrow on Sunday 24th. The group will stay at the Hotel Mystique in Havana.

Interested ion going? More informaiton here:…am-study-tour-23/ ‎


Reflections from Havana

Lessons from the Missile Crisis 60 Years On

In those years, we Cubans were not just used to be on the brink of a war with the US, actually, we were already at a war with the Americans. That war was part of our daily lives for 3 years. We had Bay of Pigs 18 months earlier. A civil war, with thousands of counterrevolutionary guerrillas, fueled and supplied by the US, had extended to the whole island. Teenagers teachers like me had been assassinated by those guerrillas.

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Radamés Giro

Radamés Giro, musician, author, editor, and self-taught researcher and musicologist was a central figure of Cuban music over the last 50 years.

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Humanitarian organisations call for Biden to act

Matanzas fire and the need for the US to change policy

While Venezuela and Mexico have sent teams of firefighters an oil fire experts to assist their neighbour and China has offered to send aid, the US has stood by and done nothing. Furthermore, it is becoming clear that the US sanctions policies are make providing humanitarian aid from US charities and other relief organisations extremely difficult.

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All is calm but problems are on the horizon

11 July – One year later

One year after the protests of 11 July 2021, the situation on the streets in Cuba is calm. Cars cruise along Calle 23 in the heart of Havana, families stroll in the parks, queues form at bus stops and in front of some shops. On that date, the flags on government buildings flew at half-mast, after a one-day national mourning was decreed following the assassination of Japan's ex-prime minister Shinzo Abe. Everything seems to be as usual, but in the background, things are starting to rumble.

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Havana Foreign Relations expert spends three days in Buckingham

First Cuban visitor makes huge impact at university

The International Institute for the Study of Cuba invited its first visitor to the University of Buckingham in May. Professor Ernesto Domínguez López of the University of Havana spent three days at the University from May 11-14 and made a huge impact.

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