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Cuba after Fidel

April 05, 2017 at 5:00 PM 
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Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall
The Citadel Campus
Charleston, SC
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Date/Time: Wednesday, April 5, 2017  Reception 5:00 pm; Awards 5:45 pm; Speaker 6:00 pm

Location: Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall on the Citadel campus. Directions are below.

Topic: 'Cuba after Fidel: Is there a chance for democracy; can ties with Washington make a difference?'  Fidel Castro died in November, 2016 at age 90 - the end of an era.  

Speaker: Dr. Philip Brenner, Professor of International Relations at American University in Washington DC.  


Description: The death last November of Fidel Castro removed the leader and founder of Cuba's communist regime. Though succeeded as President in 2008 by brother Raul, regarded as more pragmatic, Fidel's influence remained immense.  However, during the past two years, ties between the U.S. and Cuba - broken in 1961 - have been re-established, generating hope among many Cubans for a freer society but also determination among others to retain the regime and system created by Fidel. Cuba casts a long shadow on U.S. foreign policy and on American politics. The Trump Administration currently is undertaking a "policy review" to determine the extent to which US policy will continue the rapprochement with Cuba.   


Dr. Philip Brenner will discuss these issues, drawing on an expertise reflected in numerous writings about Cuba. including the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.  A recent book examines the role of Raul Castro, and he has just completed a history of Cuba: 'Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence.' He is Professor of International Relations and Affiliate Professor of History at American University in Washington where he is also Director of the Graduate Program on U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security. He is on the board of the National Security Archive and the Center for Democracy in the Americas. He is a regular media commentator on Cuba and U.S. foreign policy. A graduate of Columbia University, he received his Ph.D from Johns Hopkins University.   





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