This week marks the three year anniversary of President Obama’s official visit to Cuba, the first of a sitting U.S. president in 88 years. He offered a rose of friendship to the Cuban people; he honored the personal stories of families separated by our countries’ animosities; his family watched an afternoon Tampa Bay Rays vs. the Cuban national team baseball game alongside Jackie Robinson’s family; and, in remarks to the Cuban people, he said he came to “bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas.”
Three years later, with a strong sense that those remnants of the Cold War in the Americas have resurfaced, we are working together with you to celebrate U.S.-Cuba engagement and protect the powerful gains wrought by President Obama and countless families, cultural groups, bipartisan Members of Congress, businesses, and many others. Thank you for the many ways you advance U.S.-Cuba engagement and the powerful ways you support CDA.
In the spirit of celebrating the ties that bind the U.S. and Cuba, don’t miss these upcoming events in D.C. in the coming weeks:
The coming weeks will bring two must-catch events: Cuban funk musician Cimafunk in concert at Tropicalia Lounge Thursday, March 28, and film screenings with Cuban visionaries at Landmark E Street Cinema Wednesday, April 3. Details for both in the events section below, including ***opportunities for VIP access and sponsorship*** for the Cimafunk concert!
Q&A with Eric Gettig, Ph.D. on Cuba’s energy system
Eric Gettig, Ph.D. is a scholar of modern Cuba, with a particular focus on the intersection of politics, political economy, international relations, and the environment, especially energy. Dr. Gettig is working on his first book, titled Cuba in the Global Hydrocarbon Age: Energy, Empire, Development, and Revolution. Dr. Gettig is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and a non-resident Senior Associate in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a non-partisan think-tank in Washington, D.C. Follow Dr. Gettig on Twitter @eric_gettig.
Q: What is the current state of Cuba’s energy system? What steps are they taking to diversify energy sources and foreign trading partners for this sector?Read the rest of this entry »