Arturo López-Levy: Cuba post-Castro - what lies ahead?
Open mini-seminar on Cuba.
Place: OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Pilestredet 46-PA318 Date and time: Tuesday 29. May 2018 09:30 - 11.00
The 59 years long Castro era in Cuba came formally to an end on 19 April this year, when 58 years old Miguel Díaz-Canel was elected President and Head of State. Born after the Revolution, with a non-military background, and without having pronounced clear ideas about his plan for the country, he has promised little apart from continuity. However, in the midst of deep economic and political challenges, new policies will be required. There is little apart from speculation indicating their direction. Will he be able to revive the reform programme initiated but later put on hold by Raúl Castro, and which political impact may that have on Cuba´s political system?
Dr. Arturo López-Levy is a lecturer at the Political Science Department at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. López-Levy holds a PhD from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies and masters degrees in International Affairs (Columbia University -NYC) and Economics (Carleton University-Ottawa). López-Levy is a graduate from the Cuban Diplomatic Academy (Higher Institute of International Relations-Havana) and the co-author of the book "Raúl Castro and the New Cuba: A Close-Up View of Change).
The seminar will be in the form of a conversation with Vegard Bye. Bye has worked with Cuba over four decades and has written extensively about the country, including the successful book Dette er Cuba – alt annet er løgn (in Norwegian, with Dag Hoel). Bye is submitting his dr. philos. thesis in political science on transformations in Cuba in May 2018.
The seminar is hosted by the Department of International Studies and Interpreting at OsloMet (formerly Oslo and Akershus University College for the Applied Sciences).
The seminar is funded by NorLARnet - Norwegian Latin America Research Network.
The seminar is open to everyone.