Viva la Evolucion: Cuba after Fidel

Viva la Evolucion: Cuba after Fidel

Fidel Castro’s communist government survived a tight US trade embargo, a tense missile crisis and the collapse of its Soviet patron. Now, after 49 years at the helm, the world’s longest serving political leader has stepped down, handing power to his brother, Raúl. We explore what this change in leadership will mean for the citizens of Cuba, and for Cuba’s relationship with the US. 

Guests on this program include:

  • Andy Gómez, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies at the University of Miami
  • Aldo Leiva, Board Member of the Cuban American National Foundation
  • Álvaro Fernández, President of the Cuban American Commission for Family Rights
  • Ninoska Pérez Castellón, a talk show host for Radio Mambi and co-founder of the Cuban Liberty Council
  • Frank Mora, Professor of National Security Strategy at the National Defense University in Washington
  • Dr. Louis Pérez, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina
  • Richard Nuccio, former Special Advisor to President Clinton on Cuban Affairs
  • Morton Halperin, former Special Assistant to President Clinton and Senior Director for Democracy at the National Security Council
  • Roger Noriega, former senior staff member of Senator Jesse Helms and a key author of the Helms-Burton Act
  • Julia Sweig, Director for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Dagoberto Rodríguez, Chief of the Cuban Special Interests Section in Washington, DC
  • Dr. Mark Falcoff, Resident Scholar Emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute and author of Cuba: The Morning After—Confronting Castro’s Legacy
  • Dennis Hays, former Coordinator for Cuban Affairs at the Department of State and former Executive Vice President of the Cuban American National Foundation
Segment 1

Ray Suarez reports on reaction of the Miami Cuban-American community about the transition in power.

Segment 2

Deborah Amos talks to Frank Mora, a national security expert, on what to expect from Raúl Castro.

Segment 3

Deborah Amos traces the history of US-Cuban relations from the Spanish-American War to the controversy over Elian Gonzalez.

Segment 4

Ray Suarez takes a look at the Helms-Burton Act of 1996 that tightened the embargo against Cuba.

Segment 5

Deborah Amos explores the economic and political conditions of daily life in Cuba, and looks ahead to possible changes in post-Fidel Cuba.