U.S.-Cuba Bilateral Relations Under the Biden Administration

    March 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Institute of the Americas
    858 453-5560

    Panel Discussion as part of the Institute of the Americas’ Hemisphere in Transition Webinar Series

    DATE:   Thursday, March 25, 2021,  10:00am-11:30am (Pacific Standard Time)

    With the Biden Administration there is the growing prospect of a potential reversal of sanctions and regulations imposed by the Trump Administration that resulted in restricting travel, investment and remittances that were made possible under the prior Obama Administration.   At the same time,  President Biden faces a different political landscape with Cuba as human rights abuses continue to be a serious problem in the country,  its intelligence service continues to support Venezuela’s autocratic leader Nicolas Maduro, and unanswered questions about the strange brain trauma injuries experienced by U.S diplomats and their families in Cuba linger. Additionally,  pressure from the American Cuban community against a possible détente between Washington and Havana remains, adding a domestic political dimension to proposed relaxing of sanctions.

    In spite of U.S. domestic political pressures, the recent San Isidro Movement led by Cuba’s artistic community –challenging government restrictions on the performing arts and calling for free speech, free assembly, ownership of businesses and political pluralism –provides hope that a new re-set in U.S-Cuba relations could lead to social and political changes on the island that would otherwise not be possible if current sanctions remain.

    Given the evolving nature of U.S. bilateral relations with Cuba, the Institute of the Americas plans to organize a special panel discussion, as part of its virtual Hemisphere in Transition Series, with four noted Cuba experts offering a range of views on the topic of U.S-Cuba Bilateral Relations under the Biden Administration.