Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

May 05, 2009 11:49 ET

Media Advisory: Panel Discussion Examines U.S.-Cuba Relations

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2009) - U.S. re-engagement with Cuba and what it means for the Western Hemisphere is the focus of an upcoming luncheon keynote and panel discussion presented by The Canadian Council for the Americas (CCA) and the Canadian International Council (CIC). The event will be held May 6 at the University Club in Toronto.

The participating panelists, all experts on U.S. - Cuba relations, includes the keynote speaker Dan Erikson, author of The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States and the Next Revolution, which was a finalist in the 2008 Book of the Year Award by Amazon. Dr. Erikson is a senior associate for U.S. policy and director of Caribbean programs at Inter-American Dialogue, a leading policy forum on Western Hemisphere affairs in Washington, D.C.

Mark Entwistle served as Ambassador of Canada to Cuba from 1993-1997. He is currently president of CHIBAS Consulting Inc., a company specializing in Cuban business. Dr. Entwistle also serves as a director of several public and private companies with an interest in Cuba. He is a fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

Author of Cuba's Military 1990-2005: Revolutionary Soldiers in Counter-revolutionary Times, Hal Klepak writes extensively on defence and Latin American and Cuban matters. Based in Havana for the past two years, he is currently working on a military biography of Cuban President Raul Castro.

A CIC Associate, Lana Wylie studies and writes on Cuba, and has two books forthcoming on the topic: Our place in the Sun: Canada and Cuba in the Castro Era (co-Editor, 2009) and Perceptions of Cuba: Deciphering the Disparate American and Canadian Foreign Policies (2010).

The panel will be moderated by Amanda Lang, host of BNN-TV's SqueezePlay.

Admission is $45.00 for CCA and CIC members and $75.00 for non-members. To register, please visit:

How soon till we get there? U.S. re-engagement with Cuba and what it
means for the hemisphere

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

11:45 am - 1:30 pm

University Club
380 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

The Canadian International Council (CIC) is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs. With 13 branches nationwide, the CIC seeks to advance research, discussion and debate on international issues by supporting a Canadian foreign policy network that crosses academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors. The CIC features a privately funded fellowship program, supported by a network of issue-specific working groups. Carefully selected CIC fellows focus on important foreign policy issues, working out of universities and research institutions across the country. The CIC was founded in 2007 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion).

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