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CUBA AND BEYOND SERIES – Update: Cuban Foreign Policy and European Relations

November 12, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

The major focus of Cuban foreign policy has traditionally been on relations with the United States and most recently with the normalization of Cuba-US relations in 2014. Cuban ties with Europe have tended to be less visible, but increasingly critical with the worsening of relations between Cuba and the US since the advent of the Trump administration in January 2017. This presentation will focus on adjustments not only in terms of Cuban foreign policy since 2017 but also on the impact of tension between Cuba and the US on European relations with Cuba.

Herman Portocarero joined the Belgian diplomatic service in 1978. His first posting was with the Belgian representation to UNESCO in Paris. In 1979 he joined the Embassy of Belgium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His main activity was to monitor Ethiopian politics and ongoing civil wars as Cold War proxy phenomena. In late 1982 he moved to the Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica- the beginning of a long relationship with the Caribbean region. In the summer of 1992, he moved to New York and became one of the most active lobbyists for the UN Convention to ban anti-personnel land mines. In 2012 he ended his career as a Belgian diplomat to join the newly created European External Action Service, the diplomatic arm of the European Union. Based on his earlier experiences in Cuba and the Caribbean, as well as on his record in multilateral (UN) diplomacy, he was named the EU’s first full-fledged ambassador to Cuba in July 2012 overseeing a diverse portfolio of activities in the political, trade and investment, and development cooperation fields. He is also the author of several award-winning novels, as well as an opera and non-fiction.


November 12, 2019
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm


802 International Affairs Building
420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States