Articles From the Island

About the series

The "From the Island" series is a collection of original articles commissioned by the Cuba Study Group from civil society members inside Cuba in order to help provide a unique perspective of developments on the island. The opinions expressed in the articles are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not reflect the opinions of the Cuba Study Group or its members. 

Issues

  • Issue #1: Insufficient and Unclear Guidelines

    Issue #1: Insufficient and Unclear Guidelines

    In this issue, economist and independent journalist Oscar Espinosa Chepe (Havana) examines the scope and limitations of the project of reforms approved by the Communist Party of Cuba. Read More
  • Issue #2: Current Situation & Future of the Relationship Between Cuba & the United States

    Issue #2: Current Situation & Future of the Relationship Between Cuba & the United States

    Independent journalist Miriam Leiva discusses the prospects for renewed relations between the United States and Cuba given the processes of reform underway in th island. Read More
  • Issue #3: Updating Cuba's Economic Model

    Issue #3: Updating Cuba's Economic Model

    University of Havana Professor and Economist Omar Everleny Perez Villanueva examines the updating of Cuba's economic model. Read More
  • Issue #4: Migration policy, updating or readjustment?

    Issue #4: Migration policy, updating or readjustment?

    Co-founder of Convivencia Cuba, Virgilio Toledo Lopez, analyses the announced updating or readjustment of Cuba's migration laws. Read More
  • Issue #5: The Catholic Church and the destiny of the Cuban nation

    Issue #5: The Catholic Church and the destiny of the Cuban nation

    Roberto Veiga Gonzalez, editor of the Catholic publication Espacio Laical, reflects on the role of the Catholic Church in Cuba and its role in helping shape Cuba's future. Read More
  • Issue #6: The Road of Patience

    Issue #6: The Road of Patience

    In this issue, Lenier Gonzalez Mederos, editor of Espacio Laical analyzes the role of independent media in Cuba. Read More
  • Issue #7: Steps toward access to banking services for Cuba's non governmental sector

    Issue #7: Steps toward access to banking services for Cuba's non governmental sector

    An article by Cuban economist Pavel Vidal Alejandro regarding a recent reform allowing the extension of credits by cuban banks to the non-governmental sector. Read More
  • Issue #8: With pain and without glory

    Issue #8: With pain and without glory

    Economist and independent journalist Oscar Espinosa Chepe analyzes the First Conference of the Communist Party of Cuba celebrated in January 2012. Read More
  • Issue #9: Cuban agriculture and the current economic transformation process

    Issue #9: Cuban agriculture and the current economic transformation process

    Dr. Armando Nova Gonzalez of the University of Havana's Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy analyses the progress of reforms in Cuba's agricultural sector. Read More
  • Issue #10: The Catholic Church and Nationalism

    Issue #10: The Catholic Church and Nationalism

    Lenier Gonzalez, co-editor of Espacio Laical, analyzes the Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Cuba and the role of Catholic Church in Cuba. Read More
  • Issue #11: Cuba Does Have Ideas, Projects and Actors for Its Future

    Issue #11: Cuba Does Have Ideas, Projects and Actors for Its Future

    Dagoberto Valdés, editor of Convivencia Cuba, analyzes the availability of projects for Cuba's future. Read More
  • Issue#12: Toward a New Social and Political Model for Cuba

    Issue#12: Toward a New Social and Political Model for Cuba

    A September 2012 article by Roberto Veiga, editor of Espacio Laical, about the steps that can be taken toward building a new future for Cuba. Read More
  • Issue #13: Cuba: Reformulation of the Economic Model and External Insertion

    Issue #13: Cuba: Reformulation of the Economic Model and External Insertion

    Dr. Antonio Romero, profesor of the Center of the study of the International Economy at the University of Havana, analyses Cuba's reinsertion into the international economy. Read More
  • Issue #14: From the submerged economy to micro-enterprise: are there any guarantees for the future?

    Issue #14: From the submerged economy to micro-enterprise: are there any guarantees for the future?

    Dr. Juan Triana of the University of Havana analyzes the recent expansion of the self-employment sector. Read More
  • Issue #15: Cuba's energy problem and oil in the Gulf of Mexico

    Issue #15: Cuba's energy problem and oil in the Gulf of Mexico

    Cuban energy expert Ricardo Torres Perez analyses Cuba's energy sector and the potential impact of the discovery of large oil reserves off Cuba's coast. Read More
  • Issue #16: The growing minority: readings from the Cuban elections

    Issue #16: The growing minority: readings from the Cuban elections

    Armando Chaguaceda and Dayrom Gil analyze voters turnout, abstensionism and null or blank votes and what they may say about voter behavior. Read More
  • Issue #17: Cuba today: walking new roads?

    Issue #17: Cuba today: walking new roads?

    Roberto Veiga González, editor of the Catholic publication Espacio Laical, shares his thoughts on the future possibilities for greater social, political and economic reforms in Cuba. Read More
  • Issue #18: Microfinancing and Microloans for Cuba

    Issue #18: Microfinancing and Microloans for Cuba

    Dr. Juan Triana Cordoví of the University of Havana analyses the current state of microfinance and microlending in Cuba. Read More
  • Issue #19: From collision to covenant: challenges faced by Cuba’s future leaders

    Issue #19: From collision to covenant: challenges faced by Cuba’s future leaders

    Lenier González, co-editor of the Catholic publication Espacio Laical, proposes a national covenant among competing political forces in the Cuban government, opposition, military, rel... Read More
  • Issue #20: The current deregulation of Cuban companies

    Issue #20: The current deregulation of Cuban companies

    University of Havana Professor and Economist Dr. Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva examines recent reforms directed at achieving efficiency and increasing the productivity of Cuban compa... Read More
  • Issue #21: Reconciliation in Cuba: bringing down walls, building a peaceful coexistence

    Issue #21: Reconciliation in Cuba: bringing down walls, building a peaceful coexistence

    Remarks by Dagoberto Valdés, editor of Convivencia Cuba, at the Second Conference on Reconciliation and Change: The German Experience, hosted by the Cuba Study Group's Reconciliation ... Read More
  • Issue #22: Non-agricultural cooperatives in Cuba: A new way to unleash the forces of production?

    Issue #22: Non-agricultural cooperatives in Cuba: A new way to unleash the forces of production?

    University of Havana economist Yailenis Mulet explores the recent emergence of non-agricultural cooperatives in Cuba. Read More
  • Issue #23: Toward currency and monetary unity

    Issue #23: Toward currency and monetary unity

    University of Havana economists Juan Triana and Jessica León Mundul trace the origins of Cuba's dual currency and examine the challenges facing the Cuban government as it sets to aban... Read More
  • Issue #25: Analysis of the Portfolio of Opportunities for Foreign Investment in Cuba

    Issue #25: Analysis of the Portfolio of Opportunities for Foreign Investment in Cuba

    An analysis by Rafael Betancourt and Omar Everleny Perez of Cuba's new Foreign Investment Law No. 118. Read More
  • Issue #26: U.S. Tourism to Cuba in the New Scenario of Bilateral Relations

    Issue #26: U.S. Tourism to Cuba in the New Scenario of Bilateral Relations

    An analysis of U.S. travel to Cuba following the December 17, 2014 announcement by President Obama by Dr. José Luis Perelló Cabrera of the Faculty of Tourism at the University ... Read More
  • Issue #27: Cuba: Foreign Investment and Salaries

    Issue #27: Cuba: Foreign Investment and Salaries

    Dr. Julio A. Diaz Vazquez of the University of Havana's Center for the Study of International Economics analyzes Cuba's foreign investment law and its implications for worker's compensation. Read More
  • Issue #28: Cuba’s Financial System: evolution and challenges given the expansion of the private sector

    Issue #28: Cuba’s Financial System: evolution and challenges given the expansion of the private sector

    An analysis of Cuba's financial system by Jessica León Mundul, professor at the Center for the Study of the Cuban economy at the University of Havana. Read More
  • Issue #29: Tax law dilemmas for self-employed workers

    Issue #29: Tax law dilemmas for self-employed workers

    An analysis of Cuba's tax system for self-employed workers by Saira Pons Pérez of the University of Havana's Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy. Read More
  • Issue #30: Time to Tear Down Barriers to Progress for Every Cuban

    Issue #30: Time to Tear Down Barriers to Progress for Every Cuban

    Article by independent Cuban journalist Miriam Leiva regarding engagement between U.S and Cuba following the December 17, 2014 announcement by both presidents. Read More
  • Issue 31: Challenges Posed by Cuba’s Labyrinthian System of Imports

    Issue 31: Challenges Posed by Cuba’s Labyrinthian System of Imports

    An analysis of Cuba's system of imports by Omar Everleny Perez Villanueva of the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana. Read More