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Cuba-US relations: From Obama to Trump
Professor Ernesto Domínguez, University of Havana
The relation between Cuba and United States is a long and complex one. Over two hundred years of economic and cultural interaction and colliding national projects eventually led to a conflict extended for more than fifty years. The Obama administration started a major change in US policy towards Cuba, opening a process of engagement and negotiation, in search for normalization of relations. The election of Donald Trump for the oval office created a new set circumstances, compromising the continuity of the process. An analysis of the factors shaping US policies and politics provides a better understanding of the evolution of the process, and its potential future development. Finally, the impact, current and potential, of the changes in the relationship during the last three years have become an important variable in the behaviour of the Cuban economy.
Born in Havana, Cuba. Studied Nuclear Physics between 1995 and 2000. Earned a BA in History (2006), a MSc in Contemporary History (2008) and a PhD in History (2011) from the University of Havana, all of them summa cum laude. Between 2006 and 2010, he worked as researcher, and later as Chair of Department, at the Center for European Studies, an independent academic center, later merged with other 3 institutions to form the Center International Policy Research (Centro de Investigaciones de Política Internacional/ CIPI). Between 2006 and 2011, he was adjunct professor with the University of Havana and the Higher Institute of International Relations.
In 2012, Domínguez López joined the University of Havana´s Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies (CEHSEU). Currently, he is Auxiliary Professor (equivalent to Associate Professor) at CEHSEU. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on subjects like US political system, Political Theory, Theory of History, Cuba-US relations, among others. He regularly lectures groups of foreign faculty and students on a set of subjects including Cuban foreign policy, Cuba-US relations and Cuban history and politics. He has been visiting scholar, visiting professor and guest speaker in several universities in United States, Argentina and Cuba. Professor Domínguez López currently holds the position of Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.