Opening Plenary

Perspectives on a Changing Cuba

The Cuba Futures conference opens with two presentations from leading academics. The first, Cuba’s Reform Process under President Raul Castro: Challanges, Strategic Prospective Performance, will be presented by Professor Emeritus Archibald R. M. Ritter of Carleton University. Harvard University Vice-Provost Jorge I. Dominguez will then present Political Dynamics of Economic Reforms in Cuba. These two talks will provide an exceptional introduction to what will be an exciting conference weekend.

Thursday, March 31 at 8:40AM in Elebash Recital Hall


Archibald R. M. Ritter

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. Professor Archibald R. M. Ritter has published extensively on Cuba's development policies and experience, and has worked in the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the Department of Energy Mines and Resources for the Government of Canada. Ritter holds a Ph.D. in Economics with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jorge I. Dominguez

Vice-Provost for International Affairs, Antonio Madero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics, Harvard University. Jorge I. Domínguez is Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, vice provost for international affairs, special advisor for international studies to the dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, and chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He is the former president of the Latin American Studies Association and a past board chairman of the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities. Dominguez currently serves on the editorial boards of Political Science Quarterly, Foreign Affairs en español, Cuban Studies, Foro internacional, and Istor and is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy. His current research focuses on the international relations and domestic politics of Latin American countries.