Since its founding in 1978, the Latin American Program has pursued an active agenda of scholarly research and public discussions on Cuban politics, society, and foreign affairs. Over the past several years we have held numerous conferences and seminars, bringing together Cuban, U.S., and Latin American scholars and policymakers to engage in research and debate on issues of critical importance. These meetings have been held both in Washington, DC as well as throughout the region in places such as Kingston, Jamaica, Havana, Cuba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The Latin American Program's work on Cuba to date has focused on the following important issues:
1) the impact of a changing Cuba on its Caribbean neighbors vis-à-vis trade, migration, energy, narcotics trafficking, and security;
2) the shifting priorities of Cuba’s international security agenda;
3) political and economic changes in Cuba in the wake of Fidel Castro’s illness and subsequent retirement;
4) collective security in the Caribbean region.

The many policy bulletins and other publications resulting from these meetings have been widely distributed throughout the United States, Latin America, Canada, and Europe in both print and electronic formats and are found below.

Analysis of President Obama’s announcement regarding the release of Alan Gross and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations

Dec 31, 2014
The announcement by President Obama of the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross together with a long-imprisoned intelligence asset is welcome news. Their incarceration, along with the even greater numbers of Cubans who have been jailed in Cuba for trying to exercise their rights to freedom of speech and assembly, has long been a stumbling block in the relationship.

The External Sector of the Cuban Economy

Jul 07, 2011
This document examines the current state of Cuba's foreign trade, the development of international tourism, and Cuba's foreign investments and external finances.

Cuban Monetary Policy: Response to the Global Crisis

Jul 07, 2011
This article analyzes the transmission mechanisms of the global crisis on variables that pertain to Cuban monetary policy.

Cuban Agriculture and Necessary Transformations

Jul 07, 2011
This publication examines the importance of the agricultural sector in the Cuban economy and the need for a more efficient model for analyzing agricultural and livestock production. It further suggests some measures for addressing the urgent need of reform in the agricultural sector.

The United States and Cuba: Implications of an Economic Relationship

Jul 07, 2011
This report is set largely in the context of H.R. 4645, The Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, and presents an analysis of the potential impacts of engagement and changed bilateral policy between the US and Cuba, as well as specific insight on legal and labor issues at stake in the relationship.

Engaging Cuba: Policy Options for the United States, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere

Jul 07, 2011
This report summarizes the proceedings of an international conference held at the Woodrow Wilson Center that explored policy approaches to Cuba by the European Union, Canada, the United States, and Latin America.

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