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Panel discusses current Cuban issues

February 16, 2012

 “Is Cuba in Transition?” was the guiding theme of a panel, organized by CLAS and the Miami Consortium in collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives (CLACI) at Miami Dade College and the Miami International Press Association (MIPA) last January 31st. The panel convened experts and scholars such as Carlos Saladrigas of the Cuba Study Group; Marifeli Perez-Stable, Sociology Professor at Florida International University; David Adams, Editor of Poder Magazine; Carlos Barrezueta Executive Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives at Miami Dade College and Ariel Armony, Director of UM’s Center for Latin American Studies.

The event largely transcended local politics as it created a space for a frank and open debate about Cuba today.  Some of the issues covered involved the reforms to real estate announced this past November 2011, allowing citizens and permanent residents to buy and sell property. In addition, the exchange of ideas also considered international issues such as the upcoming visit of the Pope and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's first visit to the island. 

The panel generated considerable media attention, as it discussed the domestic and international implications of the reforms recently enacted by Raúl Castro.

From left to right: Carlos Barrezueta, Executive Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives at Miami Dade College; David Adams, Editor of Poder Magazine; Ariel Armony, Director of UM's Center for Latin American Studies; Marifeli Perez-Stable, Professor of Sociology at Florida International University; and Carlos Saladrigas, Co-chairman of the Cuba Study Group.