“Quo Vadis Cuba?” (Where’s Cuba going?) Conference in Berlin

On November 23, 2015, John F. Stack, Dean Designate of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, and Martin Palous, director of the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy, attended a two-day conference in Berlin, titled “Quo Vadis Cuba?” (Where’s Cuba going?). The conference explored relationships between the EU, the U.S. and Cuba and worked to create an environment of better dialogue and communication between all relevant parties.

Dr. Stack introduced and moderated a panel discussion about a transatlantic partnership between the EU and Cuba, discussing the international political processes for Cuba’s future and its strong transatlantic dimensions.

“One of the strategic goals of the Green School’s Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy is to document and understand the processes of democratization occurring worldwide,” said Dr. Stack at the conference. “Under the direction of Ambassador Martin Palous, the program aims to be not only a center of academic excellence, but to contribute substantively and constructively to the political debates taking place in the real world.”

Ambassador Palous introduced the conference and welcomed over 20 speakers and moderators from all around the world, including Deputy Secretary General of the prominent German political foundation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Dr. Gerhard Wahlers and president of Red Latinoamericana de Jóvenes por la Democracia Micaela Hierro.

Florida International University, with its strategic position in South Florida, is ready to bring its contribution to this debate, not so much to support one position or another, but to create an enabling environment for better dialogue and communication,” said Stack. “This conference actually proves this reality and we are ready to participate in this type of collaborative effort in the future.”