Johns Hopkins SAIS experts available to discuss the death of Fidel Castro, future of U.S.-Cuba relations under new U.S. president


As the world remembers Cuban leader Fidel Castro, as both a revolutionary for social justice and dictator oppressing basic rights, experts at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are available to offer insight on the future of U.S.-Cuba relations as the countries work to restore diplomacy under a new U.S. president.

Dr. Riordan Roett, Director of the Latin American Studies Program, and Dr. Piero Gleijeses, Professor of American Foreign Policy, are available to offer commentary on Cuba, including:

  • What is Castro's legacy as a world leader? 
  • What is the history of Cuban domestic and foreign policy under Castro's leadership?
  • How did Castro change the course of history in southern Africa?
  • Will a U.S. presidency under Donald Trump cancel the executive orders by President Barack Obama that restore diplomatic relations and offer more freedom for travel and remittances?
  • Regarding support of the revolution, why is there a generational divide in Cuba between older citizens and the younger generation?
  • Is there hope for a smooth transition in 2018 when Castro’s brother, Raul, says he will relinquish his presidency in Cuba?
  • With the economic crisis in Venezuela, what will replace the subsidized oil program that has been an important life line for the Cuban economy?

Roett has discussed Cuba in The Washington PostMarketWatchThe Christian Science Monitor, and The Daily Beast
Gleijeses is author of Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016