On December 3, Ted Piccone discusses how good governance and the rule of law play important roles in promoting peaceful, just, and inclusive societies during the time of COVID-19 at the PolicyWest conference.
On July 17, Ted Piccone discussed the commonalities and differences in political regression and nationalism in Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Turkey, as part of a project on trans-Atlantic dialogue hosted by BTI.
This is important symbolically because it’s the passing of the baton from the historic figures led by the Castros to the next generation. The big caveat is that it will be gradual change because Raul will still be secretary of the Communist party.
The United States wants to move beyond a Cold War-era approach to one of constructive engagement as a way to support and empower the Cuban people. Cuba needs the United States as an economic engine for its troubled economy and hopes to attract new foreign investment and human capital to update its socialist model, but without undergoing political reform. Building confidence and trust will be critical to the ability to move forward.
There's huge red tape. This is an economy that is state-controlled, and Cubans complain about how hard it is to do business or even get services. [But] you're seeing a lot of [American] companies wanting to figure out how to position themselves for the day when the embargo is gone.