Cuba, Africa, and the World II

Cuba, Africa, and the World II

In honor of the legacy of the late leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, you are invited by a collective of movements to the second annual series “Cuba, Africa, and the World.” The core of this event will be a panel discussion that will include lively...
Reflections on Fidel and Cuba

Reflections on Fidel and Cuba

In light of the passing of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, IPS has postpone our previously schedule Cuba event, “A Look at US-Cuban Relations, Past, Present & Desired Future“, to instead show 2 films. The first  is “Fidel” by our late IPS...
Remembering Fidel Castro: “This Was a Life That Got Things Done”

Remembering Fidel Castro: “This Was a Life That Got Things Done”

The recent passing of Fidel Castro has sparked widespread conversation of his life and legacy. “So many people just don’t know about him, but it’s very evident to people around the world, particularly people of oppressed countries, the giant that Fidel Castro was....
When America Met Mandela

When America Met Mandela

Take your guns, pangas, and knives and throw them into the sea. –Nelson Mandela. “Who is this man Mandela?” The U.S News & World Report asked in January 1990. Apparently no one much knew, since the magazine could only come up with three short...
A Post-Castro Era Looms for Cuba

A Post-Castro Era Looms for Cuba

With a post-Castro Era looming on the horizon, the Obama administration should muster the political will to prepare the United States for February 2018, when neither Fidel nor Raul Castro will remain at the helm of the Cuban state. In 1960, when Cuba’s new first...
Alan Gross and the U.S. Pragmatism Deficit

Alan Gross and the U.S. Pragmatism Deficit

Beltway foreign policy analysts frequently praise the Obama administration for its “pragmatic” approach to world affairs. In dealing with Russia, China, or the economic crisis, the current White House has won plaudits for rejecting more ideological schools...
The Real Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

The Real Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

“When I saw the rockets being fired at Mario’s house, I swore to myself that the Americans would pay dearly for what they are doing. When this war is over a much wider and bigger war will begin for me: The war that I am going to wage against them. I know...

Brian Latell’s Well-Known “Fidel” Secrets

For 53 years, U.S. officials and Miami exiles have tried to assassinate Fidel Castro 638 times. They’ve tried to overthrow his revolutionary government. And they blamed him for numerous sins. The exiles and government officials who upbraid him have yet to thank...
Saul Landau Film Series: Fidel

Saul Landau Film Series: Fidel

As a lead up to The Institute’s 50th birthday, on the 4th Wednesday of each month IPS will host a film series featuring eleven of the widely respected film productions of our colleague, Saul. After each screening participants will have the opportunity to discuss...

The Politics of Simulopting

Does Washington possess a consistent set of foreign policy principles? Presidents make war – without having Congress declare it as per the Constitution – and re-assure the public that they have chosen military interventions based on moral values. The...
Notable Documentary on Fidel Castro Awarded Preservation Grant

Notable Documentary on Fidel Castro Awarded Preservation Grant

On June 15, the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) awarded grants to guarantee the preservation of 64 films. One of those is IPS Fellow Saul Landau’s powerful 1968 documentary, “Fidel!” Funded by the Library of Congress, the NFPF grants...
Cuba: New Corporate Utopia?

Cuba: New Corporate Utopia?

On the list of America’s most-hated leaders, Fidel Castro gets the award for longevity. Outlasting ten U.S. presidents, from Eisenhower through George W. Bush, Castro has managed to maintain his high ranking for over five decades. Though the 84-year-old...

The Forever Fidel Obsession

In late September 2009, shortly after Fidel Castro and I exchanged hugs of greeting, I flashed back to my first visits to Cuba, in 1960 and 1961. In the six months I spent there, I experienced a sense of creative anarchy in which people my age (I was 24) ran...