Cuba — a country ruled for nearly five decades by Fidel Castro — is in limbo, and many Cubans are anxious. The current president, Fidel’s brother Raul Castro, recently gave some observers reason to be optimistic for reform by releasing political prisoners. But he’s also planning painful cuts to the government sector, which employs 95 percent of the population. We explore the changes underway and what they mean for U.S.-Cuban relations.


  • Philip Brenner Professor of International Relations, American University
  • Wayne Smith Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy and the former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana
  • Alejandro de la Fuente UCIS Research Professor of History and Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh
  • Andro Nodarse-León Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Cuban American National Foundation

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