SI, CUBA LIBRE NO!
HAVANA HOT AND COOL
DESCRIPTION: This one-time lecture will explain how and why the Cuban government and Communist Party leadership have blown hot and cool in terms of injecting some form of capitalism into the Cuban Socialist economy. Now, under the presidency of Raul Castro, Cuba has once again moved toward state-controlled capitalism, in an effort to revive its stagnating economy. Raul Castro has opened up limited opportunities for transferring public property to private individuals and cooperatives through a process called cuentapropismo, meaning, “on their own account.” Cubans may buy and sell houses and cars, and operate small businesses of various kinds, such as barbershops, taxis, restaurants and tourist facilities. Several foreign governments and corporations are helping the Cuban government strengthen and improve its economy. The Oderbrecht construction conglomerate of Brazil is building a world-class port at Mariel with a $975-million loan from the Brazilian Development Bank. Venezuela, at the urging of President Hugo Chavez, has been providing Cuba with cheap oil as an off-set for the thousands of Cuban doctors working in that South American country. The Repsol Corporation of Spain has been drilling deep-water exploratory wells off the northwest coast of Cuba in hopes of finding crude oil in sufficient quantities to make the venture profitable, and China has sold Cuba inexpensive buses for its public transport system. While some Cuban economists, such as Omar Everleny, predict that the “go slow” approach of the Cuban government (sin prisa, pero sin pausa “slow but steady”) will eventually expand the capitalist side of the economy and open the nation up to democracy, Raul Castro has firmly declared that the changes are being made to ensure the survival of Cuban Socialism, and to guarantee the perpetual rule of the Cuban Communist Party. In this lecture, Mr. Kahn will discuss the extent to which Cuba is likely to go on instituting free-market reforms.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Andrew Kahn has studied political and social science on the undergraduate level at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and on the graduate level at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Maryland and at New York’s New School University. He has taught at St. Cloud University in Minnesota and Western Connecticut University. He was a James Madison Fellow in Constitutional Law at the University of Indiana, and a Commonwealth Fellow in American and European History at Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges in Pennsylvania. Mr. Kahn helped found AEGIS, the Association for Education in Global/International Studies, at Stanford University. Over the past several years, Mr. Kahn has taught a variety of global-issues courses and delivered lectures for the Lifelong Learning Society at Florida Atlantic University.
|1:30 PM – 3:15
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Member advance registration – $20
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