Carmen Diana Deere presenting on Cuban women's participation in agriculture cooperatives, with colleagues Jessica Gordon Nembhard and Mieke Meurs.
Cuba Initiative: 2015-2016
As the Cuba Initiative continues in its fifth year, we are grateful for the constant support of the Christopher Reynolds Foundation as we carry out new and ongoing projects:
On March 22, 2016, CLALS and the School of International Service sponsored the public panel "Cultivating Dialogue: U.S. and Cuban Agricultural Cooperatives." This gathering launched a bilateral, comparative, participatory dialogue about what Cuban and U.S. agricultural cooperatives have to learn from each other. Panelists included Cornelius Blanding of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund; Jessica Gordon Nembhard of the City University of New York; Fred Royce of the Program of the Cooperative Agreement between University of Florida and University of Havana; Julie Hogeland of the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business & Cooperative Programs; and Nora Ourabah Haddad and Sara Vicari of the FAO's Office of Partnerships, Advocacy, and Capacity Development. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace of the School of International Service served as moderator. Watch the full recording
A year after the historic presidential announcements made on December 17, 2014, five CLALS representatives participated in the series of talks “Cuba in U.S. Foreign Policy: Learning the Art of Living with our Differences." The talks were sponsored by the Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales Raúl Roa García (ISRI) and the Centro de Investigaciones de Política Internacional (CIPI). While in Havana, CLALS visited the recently reopened U.S. Embassy and spoke with diplomats and other stakeholders about ways to further advance Cuba-U.S. normalization.
American University Faculty and Research Fellows participating in a December 2015 conference in Havana, Cuba
In early December 2015, representatives from CLALS participated in The Economist Events' inaugural Cuba Summit, which offered insight and analysis on pressing issues facing potential investors in Cuba. Included among the panelists was Research Fellow Ricardo Torres (see below), who spoke on the future of monetary reform, as well as about human capital and market regulation on the island. News coverage of the event was provided by Cuba Journal and Voice of America. Audio recordings of the panels are available for streaming via The Economist Events YouTube Channel, and audio from Ricardo's panels can be found on our Multimedia Resources page.
During Fall 2015, CLALS hosted our second Cuban research fellow, Ricardo Torres, whose work focuses on economies transitioning away from central planning. His visit was co-hosted by the Washington Office on Latin America.
In May 2015, Prof. Garrett Graddy and the School of International Service: Global Environmental Politics hosted a panel discussion with the U.S. Cuba Cooperative Working Group. Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, Graddy will continue her incipient research on the impact of U.S. and Cuban agricultural policies on agricultural cooperatives that are are striving for diversified, sustainable agricultural.
Various CLALS faculty and fellows - including William LeoGrande, Eric Hershberg, Phil Brenner, and Fulton Armstrong - continue their work to advance dialogue toward improving bilateral relations between the U.S. and Cuba. In April 2015, CLALS and the Social Science Research Network launched the Implications of Normalization web forum, a multi-disciplinary collection of 17 essays that delve into the ramifications of changes in U.S.-Cuba relations following the historic announcements by Presidents Castro and Obama on December 17.