Perspective from Cuba: What is Changing?

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The surprise announcement made by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro on December 17th set in motion a number of key changes in relations between Washington and Havana. There have been high-level talks between officials from both countries and of course Cuba’s historic participation earlier this month in the Summit of the Americas in Panama. Most recently, president Obama decided to remove Cuba from the list of states that sponsor terrorism, opening the way towards establishing diplomatic relations. In such a changed context, the session will focus on the dynamics in Cuba itself, especially in light of Pope Francis’s announced visit to Cuba before he comes to the US in September.


  • Roberto Veiga
    Cuba Posible
  • Lenier González
    Cuba Posible


  • Michael Shifter
    Inter-American Dialogue