CRI Director Invited to Lecture in Korea

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Cubans protest in Havana on July 11, 2011. Yamil Lage/AFP

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea has invited Dr. Jorge Duany to give a talk about current political trends after leadership change and public protests in Cuba. The virtual lecture will be part of a seminar on Korea-Cuba relations in the post-Castro era, to be held on November 25, 2021.

Dr. Duany's presentation will examine Cuba's leadership transition since Fidel Castro's death in 2016, focusing on the transfer of power to a new generation of postrevolutionary cadres. It will also assess the significance of public protests such as the November 25, 2020 and July 11, 2021 peaceful demonstrations on the Island. Moreover, the lecture will analyze the roots of Cuba's current political unrest and identify the country's main challenges, including overcoming the coronavirus pandemic, a lingering economic crisis, the opening to international tourism, and widespread political discontent.

Other experts invited to participate in the seminar include Drs. William LeoGrande (Department of Government, American University); Pavel Vidal (Department of Economics, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia); and Giwoong Jung (Center for International Area Studies, Hankuk University, Korea).