Monday, January 04, 2021

Video Recording of Panel 2 (Cuba's External Relations) Now Available--ASCE 2021 Conference (4-6 January 2021)--"Caught in a Perfect 'Storm': Are Havana's Responses Sufficient?


I am delighted to be able to share with you the video recording of the Second Panel (Cuba's External Relations) presentations (along with the marvelous discussion that followed).



2:00 pm-4:00 pm

2.     External Relations


Chair: Gary Maybarduk, U.S. Department of State (retired)

--Yuri González Hernández, Havana attorney,and Larry Catá-Backer, Pennsylvania State University, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Cuba and China’s Belt and Road Initiative.”  

--Vadim Grishim, George Washington University, “A Point of No Return: The Ongoing Cuban Crisis in a Historical Framework”

--Armando Chaguaceda, Gobierno y Análisis Político AC, “Poder Incisivo y Tecnología Política: presencia e imagen cubana en la academia latinoamericanista” 

--Larry Catá Backer, Pennsylvania State University, and Rafael Velázquez Pérez, Universidad de Vigo/Universidad de Holguín, The EU to the Rescue: Relacionesentre Cuba y la EU y España (Cuba-EU Relations with a focus on Spain)”

Conference PPTs and other materials may be accessed HERE.

All video recordings of the Conference ASCE 2021 may be found on the YouTube Channel of the Coalition for Peace & Ethics HERE: 

There is still time to register (free) and participate in the remaining panels which will be held  through 6 January.

 Reminder-- registration is now open for the 2021 ASCE Conference--Caught in a Perfect Storm: Are Havana's Responses Sufficient?, which is scheduled to take place 4-6 January 2021.

Conference Website may be accessed here: With information about participants, registration, and useful inks.

Pre-Conference Interview Series These may be accessed via CPE YouTube Channel. Follow the link above for the listing of all interviews and links to your favorites.
Concept Note: The theme of ASCE’s January conference will focus on Cuba’s current economic problems and the Cuban governments announced responses (reforms). The focus will be on analysis of policies and suggested policies that improve those reforms. Indeed, the issue of Reform, yet again, as it has so many times over the long arc of the history of post “revolutionary” Cuba, has been one of developing elegant statements of idealized objectives and then offering what in retrospect might be characterized second or third best solutions; and that might be the only thing on offer now. Yet even these second best solutions can be used to bring significant improvements to the Cuban economy.
The Conference Program may be accessed HERE. The Conference extends over three days and offers six exciting events. They include five panels: They include (1) Cuba's Economic Situation and Strategy; (2) Cuba's External Relations; (3) US-Cuba Economic Relations; (4) Cuban Agricultural Challenges; an (5) the Cuba-Venezuela Crisis. In addition Jorge Dominguez has organized a marvelous discussion around the book La Cuba que quisimos: Essays on the New Cuban Constitution.

Registration is required but free; space is limited. Registration permits the user to attend any combination of the six Conference events. Those wishing to attend all events, for example, must register for all six. Those wishing to attend fewer events may register for those panels of interest to them. Please contact us with questions. Attendance for each event requires a separate registration. Registration links for each of the Panels follows below. Or access via this QR Code:


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