Cuba

What Makes it Hard for Cuba to Reform?

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 08:00

The collapse of the Soviet Union forced Cuba to enter the Special Period in the 1990s. Since the Special Period, Cuban observers always expect that Cuba pursue the economic reforms like China’s Reform and Opening up and Vietnam’s Doi Moi. But the pace of Cuba’s economic reforms is so slow that the country is still constantly experiencing chronic shortages. Although the Cuban government attempts to attract foreign investment, its policies are inconsistent and cannot provide a hospitable environment for foreign investment so far.

The Next Step in FARC & Colombia Relations

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 08:00

After nearly two years of peace negotiations between FARC and the Colombian government, the FARC have done something they have never done before. In all the 50 years that FARC has been terrorizing Colombia, they have never once sequestered a government or military official, but on November 16th, 2014, a leading general in the Colombian military was captured while traversing a remote river in an indigenous region of the Colombian rainforest.

Cuba en la Era de Raúl Castro: Reflexiones del experto Carmelo Mesa-Lago

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:15

El doctor Carmelo Mesa-Lago tiene una amplísima trayectoria académica. Es catedrático de Servicio Distinguido Emérito en Economía y Estudios Latinoamericanos en la Universidad de Pittsburgh; profesor, investigador visitante y conferencista en cuarenta países; autor de noventa y dos libros y más de trescientos artículos académicos publicados en siete idiomas en treinta y cuatro países.

Benefits to the US-Cuba Opening

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 11:00

The surprise opening to Cuba will not necessarily have dramatic effects on either country, though there will be tangible and intangible changes for both.1 For Cuba, the opening brings the prospect for a strong influx of dollars and tourists.  The diplomatic opening does not allow unfettered travel, but it reduces the barriers significantly.  Pitt's Study Abroad program to Cuba had to be canceled last year due to banking restrictions.  That type of problem will surely disappear.  Perhaps, shadowing the new policy with regards to undocumented immigrants, Ob

Book Presentation: "Cuba's Socialist Economy Today: Navigating Challenges and Change"

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 08:00

Following more than five decades of fluctuating economic strategies, Cuba's Socialist Economy Today: Navigating Challenges and Change by Paolo Spadoni, and assistant professor of political science at Georgia Regents University, analyzes how Raúl Castro's maintenance of the "pragmatic cycle" has affected the living conditions and the economic power of the island nation.

Breaking the Ice, Not Melting It: The U.S. Rapprochement with Cuba

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:15

The suitability of the word, “rapprochement,” remains to be seen. U.S. foreign policy towards Cuba took a major swing in December with the proposed resumption of diplomatic relations for the first time in 54 years. In January, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, became the highest-ranking U.S. government official to visit the island in 35 years. But despite this improvement and those forthcoming, the events of the past month mean seemingly little—the embargo remains in place, as does one-party rule in Cuba.

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