Raúl Castro (R) ceded the leadership of the Cuban Communist Party to Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel (L) at the party’s recent congress.

Will the End of the Castro Era Mean Change in Cuba?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on the end of the Castro era in Cuba and what it means for the country.

Lenier González, Camila Piñeiro Harnecker, Otto Reich, William LeoGrande, Ricardo Herrero, Sarah Coker

Latin America Advisor ˙

Strongmen Have the Edge With Trump. Why Not Maduro?

Mr. Trump should be commended for coming down hard on Latin America’s strongmen. But by also resurrecting an impulse for unilateral action and indifference to the region’s needs and concerns, he is making it more difficult to help bring about the democratic change he ostensibly seeks.

Michael Shifter, David Toppelberg

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times


Cuba’s future after Raul Castro retires

A year following the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the relationship between the U.S. and the island nation has dramatically changed. To discuss this and more, President of the Inter-American Dialogue, Michael Shifter spoke with CGTN’s Susan Roberts.

Michael Shifter, Susan Roberts

Interviews ˙ ˙ CGTN

Legado poderia ter dado a Cuba outro destino

Ninguém pode negar a Fidel Castro o seu lugar na História. Ele foi a figura política mais proeminente da América Latina talvez desde Cristóvão Colombo, em 1492. A questão é até que ponto sua narrativa será mais sobre sonhos ousados e mudanças progressistas — ou sobre opressão e, no fim, estagnação em Cuba.

Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ O Globo

Por qué Fidel destruyó su propio legado

Nadie puede negar Fidel Castro su lugar en la historia. Era la figura política más importante en América Latina tal vez desde Cristóbal Colón en 1492. La pregunta es hasta qué punto su legado será el de unos sueños osados y unas transformaciones progresistas o por el contrario, un relato de opresión y de estancamiento para Cuba.

Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Infolatam

Did Fidel Destroy His Own Legacy?

No one can deny Fidel Castro his place in history. He was, by any measure, the most prominent political figure in Latin America in the 20th century, maybe since Christopher Columbus. The question is whether the narrative will be mostly about bold dreams and progressive change—or about oppression and stagnation in Cuba.

Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙

Fidel Castro’s controversial legacy

Castro, who led Cuba for nearly 50 years, died Friday. In 2006, he had transferred the presidency to his younger brother, Raul Castro, after a debilitating intestinal ailment. Fidel Castro’s vision and iron rule shaped every aspect of life in Cuba and its relations worldwide. Many, perhaps most, Cubans would say he held power too tightly and too long. He was Latin America’s most prominent 20th century leader, but his legacy remains to be defined.

Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Newsday