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Everett Ellis Briggs is a former career Foreign Service Officer. After leaving government service he became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas, heading these affiliated New York educational and business organizations for five years before retiring at the end of 1998. Between 1982 and 1993, Mr. Briggs was United States Ambassador to Panama, Honduras, and Portugal. Earlier he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Interamerican Affairs, and Director of Mexican Affairs at the State Department. In 1989 he served as Special Assistant to President Bush and Senior Advisor on Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Security Council.

A native of Havana, Cuba, he was one of the founding students at Colegio de La Salle-Miramar (1941). He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and George Washington University and resides in Norfolk, Connecticut.

Topics

Cuba and the United States: Shall the embargo be lifted?

Fidel Castro and the Latin American insurgencies

Investment, reforms, and the transition to democracy in Cuba

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Everett Ellis Briggs


Frank Calzon is Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba.  Mr. Calzon, served as  Freedom House's  Washington representative for ten years.  The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union, The Chicago Tribune, The San Juan Star and other US and Latin American newspapers have published his articles on Cuba. He has appeared on PBS The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, on Canada's nationwide Sunday Edition, and on several MSNBC, CNN, and FOX programs.

Born in Cuba, Mr. Calzon holds BA and MA in political science from Rutgers and Georgetown Universities respectively. He has testified before Congressional committees, and has been a guest speaker at more than 30 universities in the United States and abroad.

Topics

US Cuban relations

Human rights and the politics of democratic transition in Cuba

The Cuban Americans and the future of Cuba.

email: freecuba@cubacenter.org
fax: (202) 463-8412

Frank Calzon


Néstor Carbonell was born in Cuba and participated in the opposition to Fidel Castro's revolution once its democratic goals were discarded in favor of totalitarian rule and a close alliance with the Soviet Union.  He holds law degrees from the University of Villanueva (Cuba) and Harvard University.  He is both a civic and business leader, and has worked as a corporate executive for many years.  Mr. Carbonell is knowledgeable about many aspects of the Cuban situation, including current social, economic and political conditions, church-state relations, and US-Cuban affairs.  He has lectured and participated in panel discussions at several universities and other forums.  He is a prolific and distinguished writer.  Among his books are: And the Russians Stayed, as well as The Cuban-Americans: Past Achievements and Future Hopes.  In 1999 he wrote a prologue to Próceres:  Ensayos Biográficos, a classic of Cuban politics written by his great-grandfather, Néstor Carbonell Rivero in 1919.     

Topics

US Cuban relations

Who are the Cuban Americans; what do they want?

The Catholic Church in Cuba

email: nester.carbonell@pepsi.com
fax: (914) 249-8159

Néstor Carbonell

Sergio Diaz-Briquets is executive director of the Council for Human Development and vice president of Casals and Associates, a consulting firm in the Washington, DC area. A demographer by training, Dr. Diaz-Briquests expertise covers many issues related to Cuba. He is co-author, with Dr. Jorge Perez Lopez of Conquering Nature: The Environmental Legacy of Socialism in Cuba (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000). His other books include The Health Revolution in Cuba (University of Texas Press, 1983), and Cuban Internationalism in Sub-Saharan Africa, (Duquesne University Press, 1989). Dr. Diaz-Briquets holds a Ph.D. in demography from the University of Pennsylvania.

Topics

Cuba's environmental crisis

Demographic politics: suicide, abortion, and social issues in Cuba today

Fidel Castro's internationalism in the Third World

email: sdiazbriquets@casals.com
fax: (703) 920-5750

Sergio Diaz-Briquets


Manuel J. Cutillas is chairman of the Center for a Free Cuba in Washington DC Born in Cuba on March 1, 1932; Mr. Cutillas is a great-great grandson of Don Facundo Bacardi, the founder of the Bacardi Company. He left Cuba in 1960 after the Castro regime confiscated the family business.  He resides in Nassau, Bahamas. He graduated in 1955 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. He retired in 1997 after serving for many years as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bacardi Ltd., one of the world's largest liquor manufacturers.

Topics

Castro and the United States

Cuban Americans

Challenges and Opportunities in Post Castro's Cuba

email: freecuba@cubacenter.org
fax: (202) 463-8412

Manuel J. Cutillas


Jose S. Sorzano is a former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Dr. Sorzano also served as Senior Director for Latin America at the National Security Council , The White House (1987-1988). From 1983 to 1985 he was Ambassador and US Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations. From 1976 to 1979, he served as Peace Corps Country Director for Colombia. A former Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgetown University in Washington DC, Dr. Sorzano has published in the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics and The National Interest.  His opinion articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald and the Washington Times. He was born in Havana, Cuba..

Topics

US Cuba policy: risks and opportunities

American Interests. Friends and foes and the United Nations

Castro, the Cuban Americans and the United States

email: austinusa@aol.com
fax: (703) 237-5813
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Jose S. Sorzano


Jaime Suchlicki is the Emilio Bacardi Moreau Professor of History and International Studies and the Director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami.  He was the founding Executive Director of the North-South Center.  For the past decade he was also the editor of the prestigious Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs.  He is currently the Latin American Editor for Transaction Publishers and the author of Cuba: From Columbus to Castro (1997), now in its fourth edition, and editor with Irving L. Horowitz of Cuban Communism (1999).  He is also the author of Mexico: From Montezuma to NAFTA, Chiapas and Beyond. He is also coeditor of Investing in Cuba: Problems and Prospects (Transaction Publishers, 1994)

Topics

Cuban and Latin American Affairs

U.S and Cuba relations

email: jsuchlicki@sis.miami.edu
fax: (305) 857-9095

Jaime Suchlicki
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