On March 22, 2013, the Dean Rusk Center brought together a variety of viewpoints on the Cuban Embargo for a valuable discussion on the effectiveness and consequences of economic sanctions, as well as the potential outlook for trade with the United States in a post-embargo era. Panelists included Cuban and American scholars, legal practitioners, and trade specialists.

This conference was co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute and the Hispanic Law Students Association and the Georgia Society for International and Comparative Law.

Schedule of events

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2013
Friday, March 22nd
9:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Rebecca White, University of Georgia School of Law
C. Donald Johnson, University of Georgia School of Law Dean Rusk Center

Larry Walker Room, Dean Rusk Hall

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

9:15 AM

Assessing the Goals and Impact of the Cuban Embargo after 50 Years

Archibald R.M. Ritter, Carleton University
Ricardo Torres, University of Havana Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy
Ray Walser, The Heritage Foundation
C. Donald Johnson, University of Georgia School of Law, Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy

Larry Walker Room, Dean Rusk Hall

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Discusses the economic effects of the embargo over the past 50 years, the effect of the embargo on political and economic reforms in Cuba and the possibility for changes in Cuba with or without economic sanctions.

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11:00 AM

Executive and Legislative Pathways to Removing Sanctions

Daniel W. Fisk, International Republican Institute
Vicki J. Huddleston, United States Department of State, U.S. Interests Section in Havana
Robert L. Muse, Muse & Associates
Timothy L. Meyer, University of Georgia School of Law

Larry Walker Room, 4th floor Rusk Hall

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Discusses executive actions that might be taken to ease sanctions short of legislation and the legal issues related to lifting the embargo through legislation.

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12:45 PM

Keynote Address

Jose R. Cabanas, Cuba, Cuban Interests Section in USA

Larry Walker Room, Dean Rusk Hall

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

2:00 PM

Trade and Investment Opportunities and the U.S.-Cuban Economic Relationship in a Post Embargo Regime

Jonathan C. Benjamin-Alvarado, University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Arts and Sciences
Gary W. Black, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture
C. Parr Rosson III, Texas A & M University - College Station Department of Agricultural Economics
Jorge Mario Sanchez Egozcue, University of Havana Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy
Marisa Anne Pagnattaro, University of Georgie Terry College of Business

Larry Walker Room, Dean Rusk Hall

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Explores the potential impact of lifting the embargo on trade and investment opportunities and on the U.S.-Cuban economic relationship.

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