Hot Topic: The United States Normalizes Ties with Cuba

With the groundbreaking announcement that the United States will normalize of ties with Cuba, Carleton experts are available to discuss the policy shift and what it may mean for Cuba and the international community.

Arch Ritter
Distinguished research professor in the Department of Economics and the School of International Affairs

Phone: 613-520-2600 ext. 6668

Ritter is an expert in economic interrelations between developing countries and developed market economies. He specializes in development issues in Latin America with particular reference to Cuba and Chile.

Hilary Becker
Assistant professor in the Sprott School of Business

Phone: 613-520-2600 ext. 3717
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Becker has worked as an analyst with DuPont Inc., and has consulted with the World Wildlife Fund, the MacArthur Foundation, AFNI, Mosaid, Merck-Schering Plough, DFAIT, CGA and the Government of Cuba. He is a recognized expert in Cuban affairs, tourism and business. His research interests include Cuban economic development and tourism, performance measurement systems and their relation to corporate strategy.

Laura Macdonald
Director of the Institute of Political Economy and a professor in the Department of Political Science

Phone:  613-520-2600 ext. 8858

MacDonald is available to discuss the implications for inter-American relations and Canada’s role.

She has published numerous articles in journals and edited collections on such issues as the role of non-governmental organizations in development, global civil society, citizenship struggles in Latin America, Canadian development assistance and the political impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on human rights and democracy in the three member states. She has also done work on social citizenship in North America and the impact of NAFTA on security, immigration and border control policies.

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