Credits: Robert Bosch Academy/Ausserhofer 

Lunch Talk @Academy: The Legacy of Raul Castro and Prospects for Post-Castro Cuba

Lunch Talk @Academy: The Legacy of Raul Castro and Prospects for Post-Castro Cuba

on Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 12.30 pm

at the Berlin Representative Office, Robert Bosch Stiftung
Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin

Ted Piccone
Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution,
Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy

Bert Hoffmann
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Latin American Studies, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and head of its Berlin office

Pedro Monreal Gonzalez
Cuban economist

30 Minutes: Input
30 Minutes: Debate
Followed by networking

Snacks and drinks will be served.

Please note that the event will be held in English.

Please register here.

With the demise of Fidel Castro in late 2016 and the announced departure of his brother Raul from the presidency in April 2018, Cuba will have a new leadership for the first time in sixty years. While all signs point to continuity of one-party control, Cuba is facing a series of challenges that will test its ability to weather these changes. Renewed hostilities with the United States, shortages in energy supplies from a collapsing Venezuela, anemic economic growth, an aging population and renewed reliance on Russia will complicate the transition to the next generation of Cuba's leaders. Can Cuba maintain its adherence to 21st century socialism, Caribbean style, or will it adjust its policies to accommodate these realities? What role could Europeans play in supporting the reforms Raul Castro began but more lately has suspended?