Generally, the term “transition” is associated with democracy, but in practice this isn’t always the case. Case in point: the recent appointment of Miguel Díaz-Canel as the “elected” president of Cuba.
In a democracy, policymaking at the local level is a privileged space for citizen participation. But in autocracies like Cuba’s, the one-party regime takes control of social mobilization at every level.
A cancelled State Department panel on Cuba offers a teachable moment for the U.S. government. The Trump Administration should re-establish appropriate boundaries between politics, policy and intelligence on matters of Cuba.
Havana’s continued restrictions on the private sector (not to mention its ongoing suppression of fundamental political rights and civil liberties) present the greatest obstacle to entrepreneurial success on the island.
Miguel Diaz-Canel, set to replace Raul Castro as president of Cuba after sixty years of Castro rule, will be faced with the challenges of implementing economic reform and sidestepping regional isolation.
Varios gobiernos anuncian que no reconocerán a las autoridades que surjan de las próximas elecciones dada la cada vez mas limitada participación política de la oposición. Pero, ¿qué rol juega Cuba en todo esto?