Past eventMembers

US-Cuba Relations: Coming in from the Cold

2 November 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


David Jessop, Consultant, Caribbean Council

Dr Emily Morris, Honorary Research Associate, Institute of the Americas, UCL

Mark Schneider, Senior Vice President and Special Adviser on Latin America, International Crisis Group

Chair: Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas, Associate Fellow, Americas Programme, Chatham House



In December 2014, Barack Obama and Raúl Castro announced that the US and Cuba would move towards restoring diplomatic ties. The US has since removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism and embassies have re-opened in both Washington and Havana.

The panel will examine this shift in foreign policy, considering the political and economic arguments for normalization of relations and the influence of the domestic political climate in both countries. The panel will also consider the state of the Cuban economy and the impact that renewed economic relations with the US could have on Cuba’s economic development.