Staying Alive: Political and Economic Reforms in Cuba - How Should the U.S. Respond?
August 15, 2012
to 8 PM
500 Crescent Court , Dallas, TX
$25 - $40
For over 40 years, the name Fidel Castro was synonymous with Cuban politics and economic policy as the West's longest-reigning dictator. Since becoming president of Cuba in 2008, however, Fidel's brother Raul Castro has broken away from some of his brother's policies, instituting a number of reforms such as fewer restrictions on purchasing luxury goods, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurship and allowing the private sale of cars and homes. While these reforms appear to be a step in the right direction, Cuba does not seem close to abandoning its communist roots. Rather, these changes are most likely a defensive act to keep afloat the economy of a country that has been slowly deteriorating for 50 years. The Obama administration has already slightly modified the U.S./Cuba relationship during his term, but should he do more? And, most importantly, what is the fate of Cuba at the end of the Castro's reign? Christopher Sabatini believes the heart of the reforms in Cuba are really about staying alive, more so than politics or economics.
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