Hare Interviewed on Prince Charles and Cuba

March 21, 2019

Amb. Paul Webster Hare, Senior Lecturer at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was interviewed for several widely-syndicated articles on Prince Charles’s visit to Cuba — the first British royal visit the Communist-run nation — as the United States seeks to isolate the country.

Hare was quoted in a March 21, 2019 article by Reuters entitled “Prince Charles Heads to Cuba Despite U.S. Crackdown.

From the text of the article:

“The visit shows a fresh willingness by the UK to engage with Cuba in the Diaz-Canel era,” said Paul Hare, a former British ambassador to Cuba who lectures at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies.

Hare was also quoted in a March 22, 2019 article by AFP entitled “Britain’s Prince Charles Heads to Cuba Amid U.S. Tensions.

From the text of the article:

“Royal visits are used as part of diplomacy in the British system. They’re a useful way of sending messages, of making contacts and moving to next stages in diplomatic negotiations,” said former British ambassador Paul Webster Hare.

Relations between Cuba and Britain “go back a long way” said Webster Hare, recalling that Britain occupied Havana in 1762 before trading the territory to Spain in exchange for Florida.

Hare was quoted in a March 23, 2019 article in The Daily Mail entitled “Prince Charles Risks President Donald Trump’s Fury With Historic Visit to Cuba.

From the text of the article:

A former British ambassador to Cuba, Paul Webster Hare, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘We have long told the US – and this has been the case for 20 years at least – that we don’t agree with isolating Cuba.

According to Mr Hare, efforts will be taken to avoid putting the Prince in a difficult position.

‘It’s complicated but that is how diplomacy often is,’ he said.

‘It’s not going to be a visit where either side wants to engage in great controversy. The point of the visit is symbolic.’

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. 

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