Analysis Brief

Castro, Sick, Bows to Brother Raul

Fidel Castro's government says the Cuban leader has ceded power temporarily to his younger brother Raul to allow the revolutionary icon to recover from gastro-intestinal surgery. It marks the first time since 1959 power has been exercised by anyone but the "maximum leader," piquing the interest of analysts abroad.

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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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Task Force Report No. 19

U.S.-Cuban Relations in the 21st Century

Having contained Cuban support for revolution in Latin America and perceiving signs of strong stirrings of a new civil society in Cuba, the United States should take steps to “contribute to rapid, peaceful, democratic transition in Cuba while safeguarding the vital interests of the United States.” This policy conclusion and a set of specific actions were recommended by an independent Task Force made up of both liberals and conservatives and chaired by Bernard W. Aronson and William D. Rogers.

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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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