Is Cuba heading towards a new economic and political model?

The panelists

Arturo Lopez-Levy is a leading Cuban political scientist, now living and working in the US, as lecturer at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, now lecturing at the New York University, School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs, and yet very active in political debate in Cuba.

Yailenis Mulet is Professor at the Economy Faculty, University of Havana. She has recently been carrying out research on the Cuban process of de-centralization, and on “trabajadores por cuenta propia” (self-employed workers) particularly in shoe production

Pedro Monreal is a Cuban economist and social scientist and active discussant of the on-going reform process in Cuba, presently working at UNESCO (Paris) at the Sector for Social and Human Sciences.

Laurence Whitehead is an Official Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and Senior Fellow of the College, and a leading expert on international aspects of democratization, the relationship between democratization and economic liberalization. He has among other countries studied this in Chile and Cuba.

Bert Hoffmann is Senior Researcher at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies (Hamburg) and Professor of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin. With Laurence Whitehead he edited the book “Debating Cuban Exceptionalism” (Palgrave, 2007). He has written on the challenge of legitimacy in transition from the revolutionaly generation in Cuba.

Vegard Bye (moderator) is Senior Research Fellow at Center for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, coordinating a Cuban academic-policy program and working on a Dr.Philos project: Cuban Economic Reforms and their Political Impact

The issues to be discussed:
What kind of economic model may be perceived for Cuba?
How relevant are theories of democratic transition for Cuba´s future in the present world?
What are the empirical experiences with relations between pro-market reforms and democratic transitions?
What indicates that Cuba will be different from China and Vietnam in seeing market reforms leading to more liberal political structures?
What economic and political effect can be expected from the gradual normalization of US-Cuba relations?
What are the lessons to be learned from Latin America´s policy experiences over the last 15 years?
Is there a role for Norway (or “the Nordic model”) in present transformations taking place in Cuba?


The seminar is free and open for all but because we offer a light refreshment please register;…

The Seminar will be conducted in English (but questions may be asked in Spanish)

The event is supported by Fritt Ord

The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM)

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