The Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy, University of Georgia School of Law presented a most interesting conference on The Cuban Embargo: Policy Outlook after 50 Years on March 22, 2013. The principal organizers of the conference were Ambassador C. Donald Johnson, Director, Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy and Laura Tate Kagel, Assistant Director, Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy.
The Conference included a broad range of views on the issue from Dan Fisk, the major author of the Helms-Burton Bill to Ambassador Jose Cabanas of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, and from Ricardo Torres and Jorge Mario Sanchez of the Center for the Study of he Cuban Economy to Vicky Huddleston, former US Ambassador to Cuba. The Dean Rusk Center will publish a “Conference Proceedings” document in the near future and I will make this available on this site when it appears.
In the meantime, here is the Power Point version of my presentation: “ASSESSING THE GOALS AND IMPACT OF THE CUBAN EMBARGO AFTER 50 YEARS”
Friday, March 22, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Dean Rusk Hall, Larry Walker Room, 4th Floor
8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee
9:00 a.m. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Rebecca H. White, Dean, University of Georgia School of Law
C. Donald Johnson, Director, Dean Rusk Center
9:15 a.m. PANEL 1— ASSESSING THE GOALS AND IMPACT OF THE CUBAN EMBARGO AFTER FIFTY YEARS
– Archibald R.M. Ritter, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
– Ricardo Torres, Deputy Director, Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy (CEEC), University of Havana, Cuba
– Ray Walser, Senior Policy Analyst, Latin America, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Moderator: C. Donald Johnson, Director, Dean Rusk Center
11:00 a.m. PANEL 2— EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE PATHWAYS TO REMOVING SANCTIONS
– Daniel W. Fisk, Vice President for Policy and Strategic Planning, International Republican Institute, Washington, D.C.
– Vicki Huddleston, former Chief of Mission, Interests Section of U.S.A., Havana, Cuba
– Robert L. Muse, Attorney, Washington, DC
Moderator: Timothy L. Meyer, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia School of Law
12:45 p.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS: José R. Cabañas Rodríguez, Chief, Cuban Interests Section, Washington, D.C.
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. PANEL 3— TRADE AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND THE U.S.-CUBAN ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP IN A POST EMBARGO REGIME
– Jonathan C. Benjamin-Alvarado, Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha
– Gary W. Black, Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Georgia
– C. Parr Rosson, III, Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University
– Jorge Mario Sánchez Egozcue, Senior Researcher and Professor, Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy (CEEC), University of Havana, Cuba
Moderator: Marisa Anne Pagnattaro, Professor of Legal Studies, Terry College of Business , University of Georgia
3:30 p.m. CLOSING