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Kerry in Cuba: Can Relations Become “Normal”?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry took a historic trip to Havana, Cuba on August 14th to raise the stars and stripes at the U.S. embassy for the first time in over 50 years. In a Ground Truth Briefing, three experts on U.S-Cuban relations analyze the issues between the two countries

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Aug. 13, 2015
10:00am – 11:00am

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BY PHONE
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Kerry in Cuba: Can Relations Become “Normal”?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will take an historic trip to Havana, Cuba on August 14th to raise the stars and stripes at the U.S. embassy for the first time in over 50 years. He will be the first Secretary of State to travel there in 70 years. His visit brings to a close the first stage of diplomatic normalization with Cuba that began last December when Presidents Obama and Castro announced their intentions to do so.

Now both countries have to get down to the business of constructing a relationship from two very different perspectives and with important differences. Join us BY PHONE as three experts on U.S-Cuban relations analyse how will issues such as private investment be dealt with as the U.S. trade embargo persists? How can progress thus far on law enforcement and counter-narcotics cooperation, and search and rescue operations be furthered? What are the areas of common self-interest where collaboration is possible?

Speakers:

Carlos Alzugaray Treto
Professor, Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies
University of Havana and former Cuban Foreign Service Officer

Captain (ret.) Randy Beardsworth
President and CEO, Catalyst Maritime, former Under Secretary
Department of Homeland Security and former Career U.S. Coast Guard Officer

Carlos Saladrigas
Chairman, Cuba Study Group

Moderator:

Eric Olson
Associate Director, Latin American Program

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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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