Media Conference Call: Fidel Castro and Cuba

Speakers: Julia E. Sweig and Jeffrey Goldberg
Presider: Deborah Jerome

Listen to CFR expert Julia Sweig and The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg answer questions about their meetings with Fidel Castro and their significance for Cuba and U.S.-Cuban relations.

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Is Castro Right? The Prospects for Biofuel Development (Audio)

Speakers: David J. Rothkopf and C. Ford Runge
Presider: Julia E. Sweig

Listen to David Rothkopf, president and chief executive officer of Garten Rothkopf, and C. Ford Runge, distinguished McKnight university professor of applied economics at the University of Minnesota, discuss the potential impact of the increasing demand for biofuels on global energy and food security.

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Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know

Author: Julia E. Sweig

A remarkably accessible portrait of Cuba's unique place on the world stage over the past fifty years, including its internal politics, its often fraught relationship with the United States, and its shifting relationship with the global community.

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Inside the Cuban Revolution

Author: Julia E. Sweig

Council Senior Fellow Julia Sweig shatters the mythology surrounding the Cuban Revolution in a compelling revisionist history that reconsiders the roles of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and restores, to a central position, the leadership of the Cuban urban underground, the Llano.

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Cuba After Castro: The Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Speaker: Jo Ann Emerson
Speaker: James P. McGovern
Presider: Julia Sweig

Representatives Jo Ann Emerson and Jim McGovern recently took part in a bipartisan congressional delegation to Cuba, the largest of its kind since 1959. Join them and Julia Sweig, author of the current Foreign Affairs article ‘Fidel’s Final Victory’, for an in-depth discussion of the country’s succession of power and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.

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First Take

A Reform Moment in Cuba?

Author: Julia E. Sweig

The announcement that Cuba's government will release more than fifty political prisoners could create political space for reforms in Cuba, and an easing of the U.S. embargo, says CFR's Julia Sweig.

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Timeline: U.S.-Cuba Relations

Following Fidel Castro’s ascent to power, U.S.-Cuba ties have endured a nuclear crisis, a long U.S. economic embargo, and political hostilities. The diplomatic relationship remained frozen well beyond the end of the Cold War but moved toward normalization in 2015.

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