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.
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.
Richard Feinberg’s new book, Open For Business, draws on his recent, extensive research on the Cuban economy and U.S.-Cuban relations and on his travels on the island. The result is a multifaceted, balanced and personal portrayal of the island’s challenges and its people.
With few concrete human rights improvements since he announced his embargo changes over a year ago, President Obama’s decision to travel to Cuba could be a surrender of U.S. principles or a master stroke of democratic diplomacy. It all depends how he plays it.
El candidato único del oficialismo para las elecciones presidenciales en la Argentina, Daniel Scioli, realizó el pasado 22 de julio una breve pero significativa visita a Cuba, donde se reunió con Raúl Castro. ¿De qué hablaron?