Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 12:30 pm
Location: 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


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?

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