"A Special Relationship": The Political and Economic Links between Cuba and Venezuela

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After the 1998 election of Hugo Chavez as president of Venezuela, the political and economic relations with Cuba intensified exponentially. These relations were initially based on the ideological affinities and personal sympathies between Chavez and Fidel Castro, which were extended to their successors, Nicolas Maduro and Raul Castro. Venezuela quickly replaced the former Soviet Union as the main external ally and largest trading partner of the Cuban government.

FIU's Cuban Research Institute as partnered with the Latin American and Caribbean Center to examine the origins, development, current status, and future scenarios of the Cuba- Venezuela alliance. The purpose of this panel discussion is to analyze various facets of this "special relationship," including its multiple goals, legal and political implications, economic significance, and impact on health care.


Welcome and Introduction

Dr. Mark Rosenberg FIU President Dr. Jorge Duany Director, Cuban Research Institute

Dr. Frank O. Mora Director, Latin American and Caribbean Center

Panel Discussion

The Bilateral Relations between Venezuela and Cuba: An Alliance with Multiple Goals Dr. Carlos Antonio Romero Méndez, Universidad Central de Venezuela

The Political Economy of Cuban-Venezuelan Relations Dr. Javier Corrales, Amherst College

Legal and Political Aspects of the Relations between Revolutionary Cuba and Venezuela, 1999–2013 Prof. Manuel A. Gómez, Florida International University

Cuban Medical Diplomacy in Venezuela María C. Werlau, Cuba Archive





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