Engagement or Estrangement: What next for US-Cuban relations?


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Three years have passed since presidents Obama and Castro announced their plans for a historic shift in US-Cuban relations—from hostility and isolation to open engagement. But from its outset, the Trump Administration has slowed the US opening toward Cuba. In recent months, revelations of a mysterious malady of still unknown origin, suffered by large numbers of US diplomats in Havana, resulted in a sharp reduction in Embassy staff, demands that Cuba shrink its staff in Washington, travel warnings to Americans, and some harsh rhetoric on both sides. Now the future of the US Cuba policy has become murky and unpredictable, especially as the Cuban government faces a range of other critical uncertainties—including an economic slowdown and a prospective change in leadership.

To better understand the current situation and what is soon to come, the Dialogue is pleased to partner with the prestigious World Press Photo Exhibition to host some of the top analysts on Cuban affairs for an open and frank exchange. The above photo, captured by World Press Photo award-winner Tomas Munita, is part of the visually stunning series “Cuba on the Edge of Change,” which will be shown during the event.

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A light breakfast will be served. 


Jorge I. Dominguez

Antonio Madero Professor, Harvard University

Emily Mendrala

Executive Director, Center for Democracy in the Americas

Michael Bustamante

Assistant Professor, Florida International University (@MJ_Busta)


Michael Camilleri

Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)


The “Cuba at the Edge of Change” series and other award-winning photos will be on display at the World Press Photo Exhibition November 3rd -26th at the Dupont Underground. For more information, visit www.lightscapedc.org.


For over 60 years, 4 million people in 100 cities across the globe have enjoyed the work of award-winning photographers at the World Press Photo Exhibition. The Inter-American Dialogue celebrates the return of this exhibition to Washington DC in partnership with World Press Photo and the Lightscape Foundation

When: November 3 – 26, 2017
Where: Dupont Underground