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Dynamics of the Economic and Political Transformation in Cuba under Raúl Castro: Change and Continuity

June 10, 2013


STANFORD UNIVERSITY/June 11: Carlos Alzugaray on Economic and Political Transformation in Cuba under Raúl Castro

Tuesday, June 11, 2013. 04:00 PM

After Raúl Castro became President of Cuba in 2008, a number of changes have
taken place in Cuba under the official catchphrases of “updating of the economic
model” and transforming the economic and political system into a “prosperous and
sustainable socialism”. Behind these phrases is the tacit recognition that the
main threats to Cuba do not come from outside the nation, as for example the US
government’s hostility and economic sanctions, but from the Revolution’s own
successes and failures. The lecture will advance some answers on what is
happening and what to expect from this transition period in Cuba, a country only
90 miles away from Florida and the United States’ third closest neighbor.

Carlos Alzugaray Treto (Havana, 1943) holds a PhD, Historical Sciences from the
University of Havana (1997). His main area of expertise is in the history and
theory of international relations, although he has also written essays on
political science. At present he is book review editor at Temas, a Cuban social
science and humanities journal.

He is also a member of the Social and Historical Literature Section of the Cuban
Writers Association, affiliated with the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba
(UNEAC). He served previously in the Cuban Foreign Service from 1961-1996 and as
a Professor and Researcher at the Higher Institute for International Relations
and the University of Havana in Cuba (1996-2012).

His last diplomatic post was Ambassador, Head of Mission to the European Union.
From 1992-1994 he was Adviser on Global Political Affairs to Foreign Ministers
Ricardo Alarcón and Roberto Robaina. Between 2000 and 2004 he was Vice Rector
and from 2004 to 2007 Department Head and Coordinator of Strategic Studies,
Higher Institute of International Relations, Havana, Cuba. He has written 4
books and more than 75 academic essays. He has received several Cuban awards for
his writing and teaching.

In 2012 he won a competitive scholarship from CLACSO (Consejo Latinoamericano de
Ciencias Sociales) for his project on the history and theory of regional
integration and its implications for Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2013 he
received recognition from the Casa de las Américas Literary Prize in Havana for
his essay about Cuban-US diplomatic relations in 1959-1961.

He has been a Visiting Professor or Scholar at Universities in Spain, Canada,
the United States, Italy, and Mexico. In 2001 he was Marvin Weissberg Chair in
International Relations at Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin. He has served in
the Executive Committee of ALACIP (Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencia
Política) from 2002 to 2008. He also served as member, Cuban Academy of Sciences
from 2002 to 2010. He is member of the Executive Committee of the Cuba Section,
Latin American Studies Association.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013. 04:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.0 hour(s).
Center for Latin American Studies Bolivar House 582 Alvarado Row (Map)
Center for Latin American Studies, History Department
(650) 725-0383

Free and open to the public
General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends
lecture, international

Cuba Confirms Readiness to Talk to the U.S. on Alan Gross Case

May 7, 2013


Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez confirmed on Monday in Brasilia that Cuba has expressed to the United States its willingness to begin serious and respectful talks to try to find a solution around the case of Alan Gross.

In this regard, Rodriguez emphasized that exchanges should take into account the reciprocal humanitarian concerns of his country in the case of other Cuban citizens serving sanctions in the United States, as it’s the case of the four antiterrorist fighters unfairly incarcerated there.

Accompanied by the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Patriota, with whom he held talks on Tuesday at the Foreign Ministry, the Cuban FM ruled out any comparison between the cases of Rene Gonzalez and Alan Gross.

He recalled that antiterrorist Rene Gonzalez was unfairly condemned in the United States, served his 13 years of imprisonment, suffered a long period of time in solitary confinement and lacked the guarantees of due process.

The U.S. law foresees that a person in that situation, after serving his sentence, receives a period of probation, which in the case of Rene Gonzalez constituted an unfair and additional punishment, since from the start the return to his country was denied to him, in spite of his willingness to relinquish his U.S. citizenship, highlighted Rodriguez in statements to the press in Brasilia.

On the other hand, he stated, Gross is serving a sentence in Cuba, sanctioned for violating national laws as an agent of a foreign power, while trying to create networks with the use of non-commercial technology to cause a breach of the Caribbean island’s constitutional order. It’s a concept also defined in the U.S law as a crime, he asserted.

The Cuban Minister said that the Judge of the case has allowed Rene Gonzalez to stay in Havana for the rest of his supervised release, after reiterating his willingness to relinquish his U.S. citizenship.

HAVANA, Cuba, May 7 (acn)

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