AU PRACTICA

Fulton T. Armstrong
e-mail: farmstro(at)american.edu

Spring 2015
Central America Migration Pressures
SIS-793-004-2015s

 

Spring 2016
Cuba: Broadening Normalization
SIS-793-013-2016s

Syllabus   Syllabus
Concept Paper   Concept Paper
Program Inventory   Briefing
Briefing    
 
Spring 2017
Central America Security Challenges and Opportunities
SIS-793-008-2017s
Syllabus
Concept Paper
Briefing
 
 
Spring 2018
Cuba: Broadening Normalization
SIS-793-xxx-2018s
 
INFORMATION SESSION
29 Sep 2017
briefing

BACKGROUND:
The normalization of bilateral relations launched by Presidents Obama and Castro in December 2014 has made historic progress but still faces major obstacles. Government-to-government cooperation has advanced rapidly; commercial flights have been regularized; people-to-people travel has skyrocketed; and other forms of contact are emerging. Nonetheless, limitations on both sides – legal, regulatory, structural, and political – have stymied other normal forms of engagement from blossoming, particularly commercial ties.  Uncertainty over the direction of policy in both countries, moreover, has itself slowed normalization. The Trump Administration has committed to getting a “better deal” from Cuba and is contemplating curbing contact, and Havana is about to undergo a significant transfer of power from President Castro, who has announced his retirement in February, to a new leadership team.  This practicum assesses the normalization process so far; analyzes the opportunities and obstacles ahead; and develops strategies for anticipating and resolving challenges to the evolution of the healthy, mutually beneficial relationship that both countries seek.  The principal clients of the Practicum analysis and recommendations package will be Washington-based organizations interested in U.S.-Cuba relations. Informal clients likely will include specialists and policymakers in the Cuban and U.S. governments

Analytical Model

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