Paul Webster Hare


Senior Lecturer


MA Oxford University, UK
JD College of Law in London, UK

(617) 358-5550
152 Bay State Road Room 224 Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Ambassador Paul Webster Hare was the British ambassador to Cuba from 2001-04.

Hare graduated with First Class Honors in Politics and Economics from Oxford University in 1972 and from the College of Law in London in 1976. He worked for 5 years in the private sector, in law and investment banking, before serving for 30 years in the British Diplomatic Service. Hare  served overseas in Portugal, New York, at the UK Representation at the EU in Brussels, and in Venezuela as Deputy Head of Mission. He was Head of the Foreign Office’s Non-Proliferation Department and the first Project Director for the UK’s presence at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

Hare is a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and a member of the Brookings Institution Core Group on Cuba.  He has written two policy briefs for Brookings: “The Odd Couple; The EU and Cuba 1996-2008,” and  “US Public Diplomacy for Cuba: Why It’s Needed and How to Do It.” With Carlos Blanco, he is the coauthor of a Brookings paper published in November 2010 on Cuba and Venezuela:  “Is Three a Crowd – the Venezuela factor in Cuba’s policy towards the United State”. He is an invited Cuba contributor to the New York Times online Cuba Topics and has written articles for the Miami Herald.

Hare served as president of the British Baseball Federation from 2000-01. He has been designated a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Ambassador Hare teaches classes on Diplomacy and on Cuba in Transition at Boston University. His novel, “Moncada – A Cuban Story”, set in modern Cuba, was published in May 2010. He has also written a new book on diplomacy, “Making Diplomacy Work: Intelligent Innovation for the Modern World.”  He and his wife Lynda have six children and live in Marblehead, Massachusetts.


Latin American Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Latin American Studies.