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May 4, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cuba is the only Communist country in the Western Hemisphere. It lies less than 100 miles from Florida, but seems like a world apart for many of us in the U.S. Now, after decades of diplomatic and cultural isolation, change is on the way. The Obama administration has recently announced an effort to normalize relations between Cuba and the U.S., and has eased travel restrictions to Cuba as part of this effort.
How did Cuba get to be so different from the rest of Latin America? How has Cuba changed since the end of the Cold War? What is life like in Cuba today? How is Cuba likely to change as a result of the ongoing thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations?
Join us for a discussion about these questions and more.
Speaker: Paul Webster Hare
Ambassador Paul Webster Hare was the British ambassador to Cuba from 2001-2004. Hare is a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and was a member of the Brookings Institution Core Group on Cuba. He has written two policy briefs for Brookings: “The Odd Couple; The EU and Cuba 1996-2008,” and “US Public Diplomacy for Cuba: Why It’s Needed and How to Do It.” With Carlos Blanco, he is the coauthor of a Brookings paper published in November 2010 on Cuba and Venezuela: “Is Three a Crowd – the Venezuela factor in Cuba’s policy towards the United State”. He is a contributor to Reuters and the Associated Press reporting on Cuba. His articles have appeared, inter alia, in The Atlantic and The Miami Herald.
Hare served as president of the British Baseball Federation from 2000-01. He has been designated a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Ambassador Hare teaches classes on Diplomacy, Arms Control and on Cuba in Transition at Boston University. His novel, “Moncada – A Cuban Story”, set in modern Cuba, was published in May 2010. A new book on diplomacy, “Making Diplomacy Work: Intelligent Innovation for the Modern World,” will be published by SAGE publications in early 2015. He and his wife Lynda have six children and live in Marblehead, Massachusetts.