Cuban Expert Talks About US Relations and Challenges Ahead

Cuban Expert Talks About US Relations and Challenges Ahead

Arnold August, Cuban expert,  interview on USCubaRelations and other issues

In this interview, Iroel Sanchez Espinosa, Cuban journalist and author, discusses with Arnold August, Canadian-based author and journalist specializing in Cuba-U.S. relations, the current situation in Latin America and the Middle East, the political systems of Cuba and the United States and the impact on those regions with the arrival of a new administration in the United States.

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From Foreword by Keith Ellis To
Cuba US Relations: Obama and Beyond

Just Released! Cuba US Relations: Obama and Beyond

By Arnold August

Contains an analysis of Trump’s evolving Cuba policy.

Just released from Fernwood Publishing.

Short exract from the Foreword by Keith Ellis to CubaUSRelations

“What does a Canadian progressive intellectual do when a revolution

made by the people of Cuba has won, because of its spirit and its

achievements, his admiration and his loyalty? What does he do when

this revolution, which, he shows, is the authentic culmination of a process

that has involved all the salient stages of Cuba’s history, of its struggles, now

finds itself in a time of unprecedented complexity and new difficulties, fed in

part by the very successes of the Revolution? Arnold August brings to the task

his finest gift, his superbly developed talent as a journalist, understanding

this to mean the habit of assessing different aspects and representations of

reality, so that he offers an ultimate fairness to the reasonable and humane

reader. August constantly exhibits a related attribute: his remarkable power

of analysis. The two together make the experience of reading him an enlightening

one. His research work for this book, as for others on related topics,

led him to live in Cuba for important periods of time, to live among Cubans

and notice 1) how Fidel’s extraordinary power of analysis has been reflected

in the Cuban population and 2) the impact its diffusion throughout the

society has had on producing the calm, pleasant affability that underpins

the stability of Cuba during times that could have been tempestuous. The

people know how to think, and August has the superior skills, derived from

his affinity for truth-telling, to produce a reliable picture of the complexities

of their reaction to attempts to beguile them.”

For Praise, Table of Contents, Biographies of Keith Ellis, Ricadro Alarcón (Introduction to book CubaUSRelations), and Arnold August (Author) and how to purchase the book see

Introduction: Ricardo Alarcón, Foreword: Keith Ellis

CubaUSRelations: Obama and Beyond. Trump and Cuba

Arnold August’s Third Book on Cuba.

CubaUSRelations: Obama and Beyond

Introduction: Ricardo Alarcón, Foreword: Keith Ellis

Contains an analysis of Trump’s evolving Cuba policy.

Just released from Fernwood Publishing.

Any open-minded discussion about the asymmetrical Cuba–U.S. relations should start with this highly readable, informative book.

— James D. Cockcroft, three-time Fulbright Scholar

An expert on Cuba, Arnold August offers a revealing view of the conflict between Washington and Havana and the foreign policy of the United States vis-à-vis the island.

— Salim Lamrani, Sorbonne Paris IV University

This book could not have been more timely. With Fidel Castro’s death focusing outside attention on Cuba’s future and with Trump’s election throwing U.S.–Cuban “normalization” into question, Arnold August contests the common assumptions and public rhetoric about Cuban politics and about that “normalization.”

— Antoni Kapcia, University of Nottingham

August provides the reader with a bridge across time and nations to understand the changes that have led to the “normalization” of Cuba–U.S. relations and serves as a guide to the Trump future.

— Helen Yaffe, London School of Economics

Here at last for English-speaking readers is a full overview of U.S. relations with Cuba from Cuban points of view. The book is essential background for understanding whatever President Trump has in store.

— Cliff DuRand, Morgan State University

In this new book, August puts forth a valuable, detailed account of U.S.–Cuba relations dating back to 1783 and continuing to the present time. August explains what this opening means for both countries, and where he sees U.S.–Cuba relations heading after the death of Fidel Castro at age 90 and the rise of U.S. President Donald Trump.

— Daniel Kovalik, teacher of international human rights, University of Pittsburgh, School of Law

In his third book, August’s deft analysis, firmly grounded in a prolonged exposure to Cuban history and debates while mapping out the possible future developments, makes for an enlightening book.

— Claude Morin, professor (retired) of Latin American history, Université de Montréal

The book provides valuable insights into what we might expect from a Trump government in the post-Fidel era. This book is a must-read for understanding the constantly evolving imperialist strategies of the United States, not only in Cuba, but throughout the world in the 21st century.

— Garry Leech, independent journalist and teacher of international politics, Cape Breton University

August engages critically with Cuban intellectuals and bloggers fighting in the “Cultural War”, challenging the Revolution’s cohesion since the 2014 “normalization” process began.

— Steve Ludlam, senior lecturer (retired), University of Sheffield, and editorial board member, International Journal of Cuban Studies

The book is a timely and valuable source of clear analysis of Cuba–U.S. relations at the dawn of the Trump era.

— Pepe Ross, adjunct professor, University of Albany, State University of New York

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