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Staying Alive: Political and Economic Reforms in Cuba- How Should the U.S. Respond?
Featuring Christopher Sabatini, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of Americas

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Christophe rSabatini

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 Castros' reign? Christopher Sabatini believes the heart of the reforms in Cuba are really about staying alive, more so than politics or economics.

Christopher Sabatini is the senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and founder and editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly. Dr. Sabatini chairs the AS/COA Rule of Law Working Group in addition to the AS/COA Cuba Working Group. Previously, Dr. Sabatini worked as Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy, Diplomacy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as advisor to the World Bank and the U.S. A.I.D. Dr. Sabatini regularly provides interviews for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, PBS's World Focus, The Lehrer News Hour, NPR, The Miami Herald, and The Washington Post, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. He has a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

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Time: 6:30 PM
7:00 PM
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Place: MAP Rosewood Crescent Hotel
400 Crescent Ct.
Dallas, TX 75201
Tickets: $25
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