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CUBA AND BEYOND SERIES – Update: US – Cuba Relations

October 29, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis will review the current state of US-Cuban relations and the trajectory for the future.  The Ambassador will recount the reasons leading to the historic opening between the two countries on December 17, 2014, the normalization process and the agreements and dialogues that followed, the policy changes announced by the Trump Administration, and the impact of these changes on the bilateral relationship and in the region.

Ambassador (ret) Jeffrey DeLaurentis is the George S. McGovern Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group. During his 28-year career in the Foreign Service, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis worked almost exclusively on Western Hemisphere issues and as a multilateral diplomat at the United Nations. He served as the first Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Havana following the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, and as a principal negotiator for the many agreements concluded and dialogues begun between the two countries until January 2017. Prior to taking up his Cuba post in August 2014, he was Ambassador/Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs and Security Council Coordinator at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Ambassador DeLaurentis began his State Department career in 1991 as a consular officer in Havana, and returned to Cuba as Political-Economic Section Chief in 1999-2002. In Washington, he served as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Director of Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council. His last assignment in the Foreign Service was at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Senior Diplomatic Fellow with the Belfer Center Future of Diplomacy Project.  Ambassador DeLaurentis is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

John H. Coatsworth is a leading scholar of Latin American economic and international history.  He served as Dean of SIPA for four years before being named Provost of Columbia University in 2012-2019. He previously served as the Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs at Harvard University (1992–2007), where he was the founding director of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the chair of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies.

Prior to his work at Harvard, Coatsworth was a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago (1969–1992). Other academic posts have included visiting professorships at El Colegio de México, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the National University of Buenos Aires, the Instituto Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, and the Instituto Ortega y Gassett in Madrid.

Coatsworth is the former president of the American Historical Association and Latin American Studies Association. Coatsworth received his BA in History from Wesleyan University and his MA and PhD in Economic History from the University of Wisconsin.


October 29, 2019
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
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802 International Affairs Building
420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States