The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) will hold its 26th Annual Conference in Miami 28-30 July 2016. The conference theme this year is "Cuba: Assessing the Reforms." Conference papers will focus on the current economic and political situation in Cuba in the wake of normalization of relations with the U.S. and of the significant discussion about the future course of Cuban macro economics undertaken during the course of the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party in April 2016. For more information see HERE.
An ASCE member for seven years, Michael J. Strauss is Professor of International Relations at the Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques (CEDS) in Paris, Instructor in International Economic Law at Université de Paris 5, and Invited Professor of International Law at the Belarusian State University and MITSO International University in Minsk. His research encompasses two fields that have become pivotal in US-Cuban relations. One is Guantanamo Bay, which the US leases for a naval station (his book on the territory’s legal status has become a standard reference). The other is international economic law, where he studies the impact of trade sanctions. Prior to entering academia, Strauss was an international financial journalist, serving as bureau chief in various cities for Dow Jones (where he wrote a weekly column on commodities), Knight-Ridder and Agence France-Presse. As an award-winning investigative reporter, his stories led banking regulators throughout Latin America to close the Socimer network of banks and financial companies in 1998. Strauss earned his Ph.D. in international relations and diplomacy at CEDS. He was an International Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs (now SIPA), and holds degrees in journalism from the University of Minnesota (B.A.) and Columbia (M.S.).