Ambassador Paul Webster Hare, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, spoke to the Financial Times on the renewed warmth between Moscow and Havana.
On Jan. 1, Hare was quoted in an article in the Financial Times on the subject, entitled “Russia fills the void in Cuba left by tougher US embargo”
In the article, Hare tells journalist Marc Frank:
“Russia is looking for a warmer relationship with Cuba than China has and is trying to build one with less of a purely economic content,”
Hare said Russia viewed rivalry with China as a growing issue in the developing world, even as it badly needed to stymie US coercive measures against Iran, Venezuela and Cuba. “If US sanctions succeed in dictating global outcomes that would be a serious blow to the world order Russia favours.”
Amb. Paul Hare teaches classes at Boston University on Diplomatic Practice, Arms Control, Intercultural Communication and on Cuba in Transition. In Spring 2016 he will offer a new class on Public Diplomacy. His novel, “Moncada – A Cuban Story”, set in modern Cuba, was published in May 2010. His book “Making Diplomacy Work; Intelligent Innovation for the Modern World.’ was published in early 2015.