Raul Who? The Fate of Post-Fidel Cuba with Dr. Brian Latell.
Although six U.S. Presidents may be forgiven for wondering, Fidel Castro really may not live forever. His recent illness and provisional take-over by brother Raul, foreshadow the dynastic transition that will inevitably come. The health episode has caused U.S. policy-makers, the international community, and Cubans themselves to ponder a future without El General. Does Raul have the support of the military? Who is he, as a matter of character and capability? What does the average Cuban think about this monarchic succession? What is the future of the revolution"? And what impact will this have on Latin America, U.S. policy and the perfervid anti-Castroites in Miami?- World Affairs Council of Oregon
Dr. Brian Latell is a distinguished Cuba analyst and author of After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro's Regime and Cuba's Next Leader. He heads the Cuba Transition Project at the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. Dr. Latell taught for 25 years at Georgetown University and served in the early 1990's as National Intelligence Officer for Latin America for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Dr. Brian S. Latell
Brian Latell has been a Latin America and Caribbean specialist for the last four decades and lectures regularly on these subjects to university, professional, and political groups. Currently a senior associate in the CSIS Americas Program, he was an adjunct professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he taught undergraduate and upper-level courses including: Cuba and the Great Powers, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Crises in U.S.-Latin American Relations. In 1998, Latell retired after three and a half decades as a foreign intelligence officer, having served in the U.S. Air Force and for extended periods as a Latin America specialist at the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Intelligence Council.
From 1994 to 1998, he served as director of the Center for the Study of Intelligence, where he managed programs in intelligence history, records declassification, and academic outreach and served as publisher and chairman of the editorial board of Studies in Intelligence, the journal of the profession. From 1990 to 1994, he was national intelligence officer for Latin America, the highest-ranking analytic position for that region in the U.S. intelligence community.
Latell has consulted throughout the region with presidents, senior government officials, U.S. embassy officers, and regional leaders in diverse fields. He is frequently quoted in press coverage of political trends in Latin America, particularly of Cuba and Fidel Castro. He has written on Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, and other countries, as well as on foreign intelligence issues. He studied at universities in Mexico and Spain and has lived or traveled extensively in all but one of the Latin American countries.
Maria Wulff is president of the World Affairs Council of Oregon.
She was formerly director of business assistance at the International Trade Institute and managing director of an import company producing custom products in Asia for worldwide distribution. She was founder and president of the East West Business Association and serves on a number of civic boards.
She holds degrees in History, International Relations, and Business from Portland State University, the University of Zagreb in Croatia, and Harvard University.