US-Cuba Relations: Coming in from the Cold
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.