The Columbia University Cuba Program of the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) and the Nuestra América Initiative invite you to a webinar on the impact of the 2020 elections on US-Cuba relations.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, the Republican candidate Donald Trump adopted multiple positions about relations with Cuba including suggesting that he supported President Obama’s rapprochement with the island, although he could have gotten a better deal.
During President Trump’s first term, US-Cuba relations saw important setbacks as militant anti-engagement sectors capitalized on the alleged sonic attacks on US diplomats in Havana. In addition to restricting the use of general licenses for traveling to Cuba, for the first time since 1996, the Trump administration opened US courts to claims presented under chapter III of the 1996 Helms-Burton (LIBERTAD) Act. Some observers claim that Trump has toughened policies towards Cuba beyond any reasonable measure. But Republican politicians, particularly in South Florida, are claiming that the current president could move even more energetically towards a confrontation with Cuba. On the other hand, some progress in bilateral ties has not been reversed. There are embassies in Washington and Havana, while some areas of cooperation between the coastguards and national security agencies of the two countries continue.
The panel will focus on what to expect if Trump is re-elected or not. What Cuba related issues will weigh heavily with voters particularly in Florida. Is Trump’s approach to Cuba the result of a general policy towards the hemisphere or a domestic political calculation? Alternatively, the panelists will analyze to what degree a Democratic president will be able to restart the US-Cuba normalization process given other priorities in the light of the global pandemic.
Co-sponsors Harvard U-Cuba program, Holy Names University, International Relations, Univ of Miami, FIU.