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Tulane University

Cuba Today and the Road Ahead

February 4th, 2009

The Center of Inter-American Policy and Research, in collaboration between Tulane University and Centro de Investigación y Adiestramiento Político Administrativo (CIAPA), sponsored this two-day conference that was held at CIAPA’s facilities in San Jose, Costa Rica. The main objectives of the event were to discuss the current situation of the Cuban economy and its future challenges, Raúl Castro’s reforms and other domestic dynamics, integration issues, and U.S.-Cuba relations. In essence, the conference mainly focused on economic themes because reforms in Cuba have been limited so far to the economic realm. Political reforms were not on the agenda. It also explored Cuba’s foreign policy and its closer ties to Venezuela and China. Finally, U.S. policy toward Cuba received special attention because important changes could be fostered under the new administration of Barack Obama and larger Democratic majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Cuba Today and the Road Ahead Conference Program

Cuba Today and the Road Ahead Conference Report