Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Video Recording of Panel 6 (Contemporary Crises in Cuba and Venezuela) and Conference Closing Remarks 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 Sixth Panel (Contemporary Crises in Cuba and Venezuela) (along with the marvelous discussion that followed).


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

2:00 pm-4:00 pm

6.     Contemporary Crises in Cuba and Venezuela


Chair: Beatriz Casals, Board of Directors, Bacardi Family Foundation and Board of Advisors, Georgetown University, School of Government, Democracy and Governance Program 

Silvia Pedraza, University of Michigan, "Contemporary Crisis in Cuba"
Carlos A. Romero, Universidad Central de Venezuela, "Contemporary Crisis in Venezuela" 
José Manuel Puente, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), Caracas, and Oxford University, London, "Venezuela in the Stage of Macroeconomic Collapse: A Historical and Comparative Analysis." 
Domingo Amuchastegui, Former Intelligence Analyst, Historian, and Professor of International Relations, "Venezuela's Elections, the Fragmented Opposition, and the United States" 

Discussant:  Efraín Velázquez, Presidente, Consejo de Economía Nacional de Venezuela

Conference PPTs and other materials may be accessed HERE.
Closing Remarks: Gary Maybarduk, ASCE President

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.

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