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Cuba Program


Dr. Margaret Crahan, Director

Esteban Andrade, Program Manager

The Institute of Latin American Studies created in 2010 a Cuba Program aimed at increasing scholarly exchanges between Cuban and U.S. based scholars and other experts in other countries on topics of mutual interest through a variety of mechanisms, such as publications, public lectures, and academic visits. A key part of the Cuba Program is the Columbia University-University of Havana Academic Exchange Program whereby Cuban scholars are invited to spend a semester at ILAS to pursue research using the material and human resources available at Columbia and elsewhere in the U.S.

Columbia academics also visit Cuba to engage in comparative analysis of topics of mutual interest. The Cuba Program at ILAS has sponsored dozens of seminars and conferences at Columbia and at other institutions. The research undertaken by both Cuban and US scholars has resulted in a variety of publications in the US and abroad and in 2016 a book will be published analyzing current socioeconomic conditions in Cuba. Cuban entrepreneurs have also spent extended periods at Columbia on study trips to deepen their knowledge of strategies to meet the challenges of the non-state sector on the island. The Program has also actively cooperated with the media in promoting greater understanding of US-Cuban relations.

The Cuba Program is currently funded by Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation.

For questions about the Cuba Program, please email

Please see the Resources page for links to Cuban organizations.

Would like to support the Cuba Program?
If you have any further questions regarding donations, please contact
Gustavo S. Azenha at

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