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The United States and Cuba: Implications of an Economic Relationship

The recent reduction of restrictions in the 48-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba has allowed bilateral trade to expand considerably in the past few years. Nonetheless, the commercial, economic, and financial embargo has remained intact. What are the arguments in favor of and against deeper commercial relations between the United States and Cuba? What are the views within the U.S.

Revisiting Canada's Contribution to Resolving the Iranian Hostage Crisis

Speakers: The Right Honorable Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada; Ambassador Kenneth Taylor, former Canadian Ambassador to Iran; Antonio J. Mendez, former CIA intelligence officer; Ambassador Bruce Laingen, former Chargé d'affaires, United States Embassy in Tehran; Bill Berkeley, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and former reporter and editorial writer for The New York Times.

Book Launch: "Liberalization Against Democracy: The Local Politics of Economic Reform in Tunisia"

Stephen King, former Woodrow Wilson Center fellow and Assistant Professor of Government at Georgetown University, discussed his new book Liberalization Against Democracy: The Local Politics of Economic Reform in Tunisia. The volume explores a local-level study of a rural Tunisian town to illustrate why market-oriented reforms have not yet fostered democratization or led to political liberalization.

The Euromissiles Crisis and the End of the Cold War: 1977-1987

A CWIHP Document Reader compiled for the international conference "The Euromissiles Crisis and the End of the Cold War: 1977-1987" Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome, Italy, 10-12 December 2009
  • Part I: The Peace Movement
  • Part II: International Diplomacy, 1975-1979
  • Part III: International Diplomacy, 1980-1983
  • Part IV: International Diplomacy, 1984-1987

#94 Venezuela, the Caribbean Basin, and the Crisis in Central America

By Robert D. Bond

This paper analyzes the expanding role of Venezuela in the Caribbean basin, especially since 1970, and discusses the dilemmas posed for Venezuelan foreign policy by the country's deepening involvement in Central America. Venezuela has used its oil wealth to become one of the major aid donors in the Caribbean, and Venezuelan authorities have played key roles in the Nicaraguan and El Salvadorean crises.

#96 The Commonwealth of Caribbean Countries, Diplomatic Decolonization and Relocation: Relations with Hemispheric Middle Powers

By Vaughan Lewis

As the states of the British Caribbean have become fully sovereign, and the veil of colonial protection has been lifted from their relations with other states of the international system, these Caribbean states have in some cases had to reorganise such relationships , and in other cases to establish new relationships with countries with which they previously had minimal or no contact.

Juche and North Korea’s Global Aspirations

NKIDP Working Paper #1, Juche and North Korea’s Global Aspirations,” written by Charles K. Armstrong (Columbia University), follows North Korea’s expansion of diplomatic and economic ties both within and outside of the socialist bloc from the late 1960s into the early 1980s.

Post-War Angola: Trends and Prospects

Professor Bender, the Open Society Institute's Raphael Marques, and Angolan Embassy official Evaristo José, offered three different views of Angolan political, economic, and social evolution.

Book Launch: <i>Between Faith and History-A Biography of J.A. Kufuor</i>

Ivor Agyeman-Duah, the author of President Kufuor's biography, discussed this book in light of recent changes in Ghana's politics. When he became President in January 2001, Ghana marked a major transition from years of military rule and semi-competitive politics. Mr. Agyeman-Duah situated President's Kufuor's life in the momentous political events that have characterized Ghana's history. Throughout his life, Mr. Kufuor found inspiration in the Pan-African ideals of Ghana's first President, Kwame Nkrumah.