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January

After four years of harsh sanctions by the Trump Administration, the relationship between Cuba and the United States is at the lowest point in decades, and his successor, Joe Biden, must take the initiative to rebuild it, experts estimate.

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The volume, "Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora," edited by Dr. Jorge Duany, is now available as a paperback. The book is the result of a 2017 CRI conference, which assessed the significance of Cuban and Cuban-American art for the construction of national and diasporic identities.

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Watch the panel discussion on the edited volume, "La Cuba que quisimos," held at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE), including several of the contributors to the book.

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February

The Cuban Research Institute, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the FIU Libraries are pleased to request applications from scholars and graduate students for the summer of 2021. The Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants provide the opportunity to conduct research in the special collections and archives related to Cuba and Cuban Americans at the FIU Libraries.

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In recent months, U.S. Coast Guard officials have detected a new uptick in Cuban rafters, with the number intercepted at sea in the fiscal year that started in October already surpassing the total for the previous 12 months. Though still vastly lower than previous surges, the recent increase has sparked concern that as economic and humanitarian conditions in Cuba worsen, more will risk their lives at sea.

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Congratulations to Dr. Elaine Acosta González on her book chapter in "The Palgrave Handbook on Gender and Migration!" In this essay, Dr. Acosta González analyzes the relationship between international migration patterns and both population aging and the crisis of elderly care in Cuba.

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CRI Affiliate Faculty member Dr. Guillermo Grenier explores some of the historical and social process that led most Cuban Americans to vote for the Republican Party.

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The Spanish press has just published "Obra selecta" ["Selected Works"], by Dr. Jorge Duany. The book gathers several academic essays and journalistic articles on transnational migration and national identity in Cuba and Puerto Rico.

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The development of small and medium enterprises—particularly in this moment of recession—is one of the main themes to be approached in a March 18 workshop sponsored by CasaCuba, CRI, and the College of Business at FIU.

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March

In an op-ed piece, CRI Visiting Scholar Elaine Acosta González analyzes the impact of monetary unification and other economic reforms on the Cuban population, particularly on its quality of life and social protection.

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This course will examine the historical origins and development of mass migration from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States, especially Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. The discussion will focus on the construction and reconstruction of cultural identities among Latin American immigrants, noting their similarities and differences in the United States.

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Some 100,000 petitions were filed by Cubans and Cuban Americans in the U.S. hoping to reunite with family members on the island which are on hold as visa processing at the Havana embassy remains suspended. As the Biden administration reviews its Cuba policy, some in the exile community are clamoring for a quick resolution.

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April

For the first time in over five decades, a leader without the last name Castro is expected to take the helm of Cuba’s ruling party as officials try to usher through a generational leadership change amid a crushing economic crisis. Raúl Castro is expected to step down as the Communist Party’s first secretary general, considered the most powerful political position on the island, during the organization’s Eighth Congress, which is slated to begin Friday.

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According to Univisión 23, the number of Cubans detained at sea trying to reach the United States tripled from 49 in 2020 to 152 in 2021. CRI Director Jorge Duany helps to explain the recent rise in undocumented migration from Cuba.

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