What to Expect from a Post-Castro Cuba

April 30, 2018

Cuba has a new leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel. But former President Raul Castro remains in a position of control over the key drivers of the country’s economy. For the first time in almost 60 years, a Castro is no longer Cuba’s head of state. On April 19, Miguel Diaz-Canel was sworn in as...

The World This Week: Obama Visits Cuba to Salsa With Castro

March 27, 2016

President Obama makes history by traveling to Cuba and urging “the people of the Americas to leave behind the ideological battles of the past.” After years of deep freeze that began with the Cold War, relations between Cuba and the United States are finally warming up. In fact, President...

Can Latin America and the United States Overcome the Past?

April 14, 2015

The attention lavished on the Obama-Castro handshake belies the hard-work that is needed to create true, equal partnerships between the US and Latin America. The handshake between US President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama made history, as...

Cuba’s Coming Out Party at the Americas Summit

April 13, 2015

For over 50 years, Cuba has fended off US attempts to overthrow its leaders. For Cuba, the VII Summit of the Americas, which was held in Panama between April 10-11, marked a “coming out” party. Banned from past gatherings since they began in 1994, Cuba was not only invited to participate...

Cuba’s Tech Start-Up Sector: “People Are Hungry to Work”

March 10, 2015

Even before the recent thawing of relations with the US, Cuba was developing a tech start-up community that has drawn interest from entrepreneurs and industry giants. Growing up in Cuba, Jose Pimienta didn’t see the Internet until 2006. He and his friends taught themselves computer programming...