Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
"Cuba Today: Domestic Developments and Foreign Policy”
Dr. Julia Sweig, one of America's leading experts on Cuba and Brazil, will address "Cuba Today: Domestic Developments and Foreign Policy".
"Fifty years after the United States enacted an embargo on all trade and commercial transactions, relations between the two countries remain frozen, even as Raul Castro has been moving in the direction of the kind of reforms that every administration over the last fifty years has called upon Cuba to make," says Sweig. She will focus the discussion on her insights into where these economic and political changes may lead Cuba and what they may portend for US-Cuba relations.
Julia E. Sweig is the Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow and director for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She also directs CFR's Global Brazil Initiative and Cuba in the Twenty-First Century Program.
She is the author of Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Friendly Fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century (Public Affairs, 2006), as well as numerous publications on Latin American and American foreign policy. Dr. Sweig's Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground (Harvard University Press, 2002) received the American Historical Association's Herbert Feis Award for best book of the year by an independent scholar. Dr. Sweig has overseen numerous CFR reports on Latin America: she was director for the Independent Task Force on Brazil (2011), senior advisor for the Independent Task Force on Latin America (2008), and director for the Independent Task Forces on the Andean Region (2004) and Cuba (2001).
Dr. Sweig has been a frequent visitor to Cuba since 1984 and last met with Fidel Castro in August 2010. She holds a BA from the University of California and an MA and PhD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Edgewater Hotel, free indoor parking
5:30 PM – Doors open for registration and hors d’oeuvres
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This program is co-sponsored with Madison Camaguey Sister City Association and UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies
Recent interviews with Dr. Julia Sweig:
The Frozen U.S.-Cuba Relationship (Feb. 2012) at http://www.cfr.org/cuba/frozen-us-cuba-relationship/p27510
Julia Sweig Shares Her Conversation with Castro (Sept. 2010) at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129858475