Dr. Brian Latell – The Venezuelan Crisis: Implications for Cuba; Options for the U.S. 1

MODERATOR: Jaime Suchlicki, is the Emilio Bacardi Moreau Distinguished Professor of History and Director of The Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami. He also directs the Cuba Transition Project, and is the Editor of the Cuban Affairs Journal. His best-known books are Cuba: From Columbus to Castro, now in its fifth edition, and editor with lrving L. Horowitz of Cuban Communism, now in its eleventh edition. He is also the author of Mexico: From Montezuma to the Rise of the PAN and Breve Historia de Cuba

PANELISTS: Dr. Brian Latell, is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS). He was a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University. Dr. Latell served as National Intelligence Officer for Latin America from 1990-1994. His work as a Latin America specialist for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Intelligence Council began in the 1960s. He was awarded the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal. Latell has published extensively on Cuba, Mexico, other Latin America subjects, and on foreign intelligence issues. Dr. Latell is the author of After Fidel: Raul Castro and the Future of Cuba’s Revolution and of Castro’s Secrets: Cuban Intelligence, the CIA and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Pedro Roig, Esq. is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami, historian, attorney and author of the book “The Death of a Dream: A History of Cuba.” He is a veteran of the Brigade 2506.

Dr. Jose Azel is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS), University of Miami. He was one of the founders of Pediatrix Medical Group, the nation’s leading provider of pediatric specialty services. Dr. Azel was an Adjunct Professor of International Business at the School of Business Administration, Department of Management, University of Miami. He is the author of Mañana in Cuba.

Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell, Director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami. Prior to assuming her current position, Dr. Purcell was Vice President of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society in New York, and from 1980-1981 she was a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff. She has written extensively on Latin America and on U.S. Policy.

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  1. Mr Latell hit the nail in the head,the Cuban MININT are the spear head of the Cuban military and they always were ahead of the Cuban interventions throughout The General Alejandro Ronda Marrero which was the one that commanded the political assassinations and he is present in Venezuela.Why is Cuba so concern about loosing Venezuela?#1 Economic support,oil and monetary support Castro regime.#2 Venezuela uprising could lead to a Cuban uprising #3 The Venezuelan equipment the Cubans could be using and the Venezuelan Fighter jets the Cubans may be using for training would end.#3 The use of foreign equipment for training and evaluations by Cubans own by Venezuelans(F-16 and other foreign equipment will end)
    We should understand that the Venezuelan Government could be topple by a coup or mass peaceful insurrection but on the contrary the Cuban regime will crush the opposition with their armed forces if this situation would happen in the Island.Raul Castro is a bloody dictator and the only way he will leave the island is through an armed insurrection.Some Cuban groups had already said give us the weapons and we will do the fighting.Castro is a thug and his follower Miguel Dias Canel is a hardliner Stalinist,educated under the tenets of Marxism-Leninism,he is not any better than Fidel or Raul Castro.He is just another future dictator in training.

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