Experts listed in this section have no affiliation with the Cuba Study Group.

Reform and Transition Experts

Prof. Javier Corrales
Amherst College

Department of Political Science
Amherst, MA 01002


Javier Corrales is an associate professor of political science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts whose areas of interests include the politics of economic policy reform in developing countries. He obtained his Ph.D. in political science in 1996 from Harvard University, and was a 2005 Fulbright Scholar in Caracas, Venezuela, where he taught at the Institute of Higher Studies in Administration (IESA). Corrales is the author of Presidents Without Parties: The Politics of Economic Reform in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s (Penn State Press 2002). He has taught and conducted field research throughout Latin America, and his research has been published in several book chapters and academic journals such as Comparative Politics, World Development, Political Science Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, World Policy Journal, Latin American Politics and Society, Latin American Research Review, Studies in Comparative International Studies, and Current History. Corrales was a member of the Executive Board of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS), and one of the youngest scholars to be selected as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He has served as a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Works by Corrales: “Cuba After Fidel.” Current History vol 104 (February 2005): 69-76. “The Gatekeeper State: Limited Economic Reforms and Regime Survival in Cuba, 1989-2002.” Latin American Research Review vol 39, no 2 (June 2004): 35-65.

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Prof. Juan M. Del Aguila
Emory University

332 Tarbutton Hall
1555 Dickey Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322


Juan M. del Aguila is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta. A specialist in comparative politics, del Aguila focuses his research on Latin American and Cuban politics and government. Current interests include the role of Cuban elites and dissident organizations in a future transition from communist rule. He is the author of Cuba, Dilemmas of a Revolution (Westview Press 1994, 3rd ed). Chapters by del Aguila appear in numerous collections, including Latin American Politics and Development (Westview 2006, 6th ed), Cuban Communism (Transaction Publishers 1998), Conflict and Change in Cuba (University of New Mexico Press 1993), and The Cuban Military Under Castro (University of Miami 1989). His articles appear in such journals as Cuban Studies, Current History, Emory Law Journal, Global Affairs, and the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs. Previously del Aguila served as Director of the Emory Center for International Studies, a contributing editor of the Handbook of Latin American Studies, and a member of the advisory board of Cuban Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Damian J. Fernandez
Florida International University

Cuban Research Institute
University Park, DM 363
Miami, FL 33199


Damián J. Fernández is Director of the Cuban Research Institute, Director of University Long Range Planning, and Professor of International Relations at Florida International University. His research interests include Cuban politics; informality, emotions, and the politics of civil society; Latin America's international relations; and Hispanics and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Cuba and the Politics of Passion (University of Texas Press 2000) and Cuba’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East (Westview 1988); the co-editor of Cuba, the Elusive Nation: Reinterpretations of National Identity (University Press of Florida 2000); and the editor of Cuban Studies Since the Revolution (University Press of Florida 1992) and Cuba Transnational (University Press of Florida 2005). His articles have appeared in The Harvard International Review, Foro Internacional, The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Latin American Research Review, Problems of Post-Communism, Encuentro, and Quorum. Fernández recently received a National Science Foundation grant to study the transition that is occurring in East Little Havana as Cubans are replaced by Central American immigrants, and as affluent Cuban-Americans begin a process of gentrification. As director of the Cuban Research Institute since 2003, he has developed several public outreach and international academic initiatives, including “Governance and Social Justice in Cuba” in association with the Canadian Foundation of the Americas (FOCAL) and the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Mexico City. A three-year initiative funded by the Ford Foundation, the project aims to create a multinational network of scholars from the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Cuba, and several other Latin American countries to analyze issues of governance and social justice in Cuba.

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Dr. Andy Gomez
University of Miami
244 Casa Bacardi
1531 Brescia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33146
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Prof. Edward Gonzalez
University of Califorinia at Los Angeles

UCLA Political Science Department
Box 951472, 4289 Bunche
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472


Edward González is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California – Los Angeles and a consultant for the RAND corporation, a nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis of public policy issues. An expert on U.S. policy toward Cuba and Central America, González has worked on security-related issues concerning Cuba and the Caribbean Basin since 1969. He is the author of Cuba Under Castro: The Limits of Charisma (Houghton Mifflin 1974) and over forty academic articles and policy reports on Cuban-Soviet affairs and U.S. foreign policy towards Cuba and Central America. González has organized several RAND workshops on Cuba, including "Cuba: Security Dimensions in the New Millenium," a 2001 conference that examined the island’s military and security forces and their role in the present and future Cuban power structure. He is the author or co-author of several RAND reports on Cuba, including “Cuba After Castro: Legacies, Challenges, and Impediments” (2004), “Lessons from Other Communist Transitions: A Workshop Report” (1998), “Cuba, Clearing Perilous Waters?” (1996), “Cuba's Dismal Post-Castro Futures” (1996), “Storm Warnings for Cuba” (1994), and “Cuba Adrift in a Postcommmunist World” (1992).

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Prof. Eusebio Mujal-Leon
Georgetown University

681 Intercultural Center
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057


Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University, Eusebio Mujal-León is a specialist in West European and Latin American politics. Most recently he has worked on Cuban politics and the prospects for democracy on the island. He is the author of Las ideas democráticas: Armas de la libertad (USAID 1998), The Cuban University Under the Revolution (University of Miami 1989), European Socialism and the Conflict in Central America (Praeger 1989), and Communism and Political Change in Spain (Indiana University Press 1983). He is the editor of The USSR and Latin America in the 1980s: A Developing Relationship (Unwin and Hyman 1989) and Spain at the Polls: The General Elections of 1977, 1979 and 1982 (Duke University Press 1985). Recently Mujal-León organized the conference “Recent Experiences in Military Extrication – Lessons for Cuba,” sponsored by the Arrabida Foundation of Lisbon. He is co-director of the International Institute on Government, Management, and Policy, whose mission is to develop public policy and other professional development courses in the Southern Cone. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the International Institute in Spain, Mujal-León was awarded the title of Caballero in the Order of Isabel la Católica in the name of King Juan Carlos I in 1990.

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Dr. Marifeli Perez-Stable
Inter-American Dialogue

1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036


Marifeli Perez-Stable is vice president for democratic governance at the Inter-American Dialogue. She is an editorial contributor for the Miami Herald; her column on Latin American topics appears every other Thursday. Her opinion pieces have appeared in El País (Spain), El Clarín (Argentina), Excelsior (Mexico), El Nuevo Herald, and The Nation. She is also an editorial contributor to the Real Instituto Elcano, a foreign-policy think tank in Madrid. In fall 2003, Pérez-Stable was a fellow at the University of Notre Dame's Kellogg Institute for International Relations. She is the author of The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy (Oxford University Press, 1993; 2nd edition 1999); a Spanish-language edition was published by Editorial Colibrí (Madrid, 1998). Pérez-Stable chaired the Task Force on Memory, Truth, and Justice which issued the report, Cuban National Reconciliation, in April 2003. She is on leave of absence from Miami's Florida International University, where she is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Works by Perez-Stable: - “Cuba: El día después del velorio.” Real Instituto Elcano, January 2005. - “La despolarización necesaria.” El País, January 30, 2005. - “U.S. Policy Can’t Stay on Square One Forever.” The Miami Herald, June 23, 2005.

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Dr. Jaime Suchliki
University of Miami

Cuba Transition Project
P.O. Box 248174
Coral Gables, FL 33124


Director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies and Emilio Bacardi Moreau Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Miami, Jaime Suchlicki specializes in Latin American affairs with an emphasis on Cuba, Mexico, and U.S. relations with the region. He is the director of the Cuba Transition Project, a pioneer academic program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development which examines the complex issues surrounding Cuba’s future transition. Over the past twenty-five years, Suchlicki has served as a consultant to various government agencies on Latin American and Cuban topics. Suchlicki is the author of numerous publications on Cuba, including Cuba: From Columbus to Castro (Pergamon Brassey Press 2002, 5th ed), Historical Dictionary of Cuba (The Scarecrow Press 2002, 2nd ed), and Investing in Cuba: Problems and Prospects (Transaction 1994). He is the editor of The Cuban Military: Status and Outlooks (University of Miami 1989), Problems of Succession in Cuba (University of Miami 1986), and Cuba, Castro and Revolution (University of Miami 1972), and the co-editor of Cuban Communism (Transaction 2003, 11th ed), The Cuban Economy: Dependency and Development (University of Miami 1990), Cuban Foreign Policy: The New Internationalism (University of Miami 1988), and Cuba: Continuity and Change (University of Miami 1985). Suchlicki has published articles in numerous journals including Orbis, Latin American Research Review, Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, and Caribbean Studies. The founding executive director of the University of Miami’s North-South Center, Suchlicki previously served as the editor of North-South Magazine and the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs. Works by Suchlicki: “American Tourists Would Only Help Castro.” The Providence Journal (January 10, 2001). “Introduction” from published proceedings of Transition from Communism: Lessons Learned, Challenges Ahead for Cuba, conference sponsored by the Cuba Transition Project (November 2004).

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Laurence Whitehead
Nuffield College

OX1 1NF
United Kingdom, OX 00000


Laurence Whitehead is an Official Fellow in Politics and the Acting Warden at Nuffield College, Oxford. He served for thirteen years as co-editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies, and is currently the editor of “Oxford Studies in Democratization,” a book series by the Oxford University Press (OUP). Recent publications include Democratization: Theory and Experience (OUP 2002) and Latin America: A New Interpretation (ILAS/Palgrave 2005). Since first visiting Cuba in 1968, Whitehead has lectured on Cuban history and politics at the Oxford Latin American Centre. As Director of the Oxford Centre for Mexican Studies, he follows Cuban-Mexican relations closely, and has recently taken an interest in EU policies towards Cuba. Currently Whitehead is involved in a collaborative research project on Cuban exceptionalism, in association with the New School University in New York and the Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of Hamburg. Jointly with Bert Hoffmann of the Hamburg Institute, Whitehead is now editing a volume about rethinking Cuban exceptionalism.

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