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Kerry in Cuba: Can Relations Become “Normal”?

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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?


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


Eric Olson
Associate Director, Latin American Program