Since the 1959 Cuban revolution, Cubans have enjoyed a special status that the United States government does not bestow upon any other immigrant group. Professor Susan Eckstein discusses why in an interview on her latest book “Cuban Privilege: The Making of Immigrant Inequality in America.”
For over half a century, the United States granted Cubans, one of the largest immigrant groups in the country, unique entitlements. In her latest book, Professor Eckstein discloses the racial and political biases embedded within U.S. immigration policy.
“The run-up to the IX Summit of the Americas shows that the zero-sum, exclusionary approach to the development challenges of the Americas initiated by the Trump administration and continued by Biden is a dead-end street.”
Until now, the U.S. strategy towards Latin America has basically followed that of the previous administration, so Ambassador Heine argues that the sanctions announcement is a step in the right direction.
“Cuba will be seen as complicit in Putin’s attempt to redraw the map of Europe and upend the world order.”
“Distorting the Summit of the Americas in this way, and transforming it into a kind of ‘club of friends’ of the government in power in Washington, harms not only the region, but also the basic principles of Pan-Americanism.”
“Florida’s politicians need to assess the Ukraine issue in a broader historical context…Glib attempts to recast Putin as somehow aligned with America’s and Florida’s interests suggests a reckless case of amnesia.”
Ambassador Hare argues that the Cuban government is clearly reverting to Cold War-era strategies against protest movements claiming, “they’ve lost the narrative, the battle of ideas, especially with young people.”
Professor Sujatha Fernandes’ book brings together a collection of essays that coalesce around the idea of “hustle,” a word arising out of the Cuban vernacular of “luchar,” describing the various ways Cubans have improvised and invented in order to navigate daily life in uncertain sometimes desperate conditions.
“What Cuba’s government has always dreaded is a coordinated movement, as opposed to sporadic protests…They see it as the possible genesis of an organized rival political movement.”
“The actual issues given by Trump and Pompeo…would normally be dealt with by diplomacy if the country were any other but Cuba.”
“Will they open up key sectors…to foreign investment or allow small businesses to engage in manufacturing, exports and build more than mini enterprises?”
“The [U.S.] is uniquely placed to make a diplomatic difference on how Cuba could evolve in the near future under a new cadre of civilian leadership.”
Ambassador Hare discusses unrest between artists and the Cuban government as well as the use blame pinned on the U.S.
Ambassador Hare discusses Cuba’s medical diplomacy, a practice that has sent many of its doctors doctors abroad to combat the coronavirus.
Amb. hare recounts working with Eusebio Leal, a Cuban historian who led the restoration of Old Havana, who recently passed away.
Ambassador Paul Hare discussed U.S.-Cuba relations during a U.S. Department of Defense webinar.
Ambassador Paul Webster Hare discussed the Cuban economy in the time of the COVID-19 and what a path forward for the country may look like.
Ambassador Hare discussed Cuba’s response to COVID-19 in Europe in a recent Guardian article.
Paul Hare quoted in a Financial Times news story on Cuba’s medical diplomacy in the times of COVID-19.