Cuba and the Caribbean: What Now?

Recent changes in US policies toward Cuba have reinvigorated debate over US-Cuba relations. How will these revised policies affect American business, trade, and travel, as well as the well-being of the Cuban people? What does the future hold? Please join the Global Interdependence Center (GIC), the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and our panels of leading experts as we discuss the state of US-Cuba relations and the outlook going forward on Thursday, February 22, 2018, in Sarasota, FL.

GIC’s mission is to encourage the expansion of global dialogue and free trade in order to improve cooperation and understanding among nations, with the goal of reducing international conflicts and improving worldwide living standards.

GIC provides a forum for the exchange of divergent perspectives, engaging experts to identify emerging economic, social and political issues vital to the interdependent global community. They organize country and region-specific meetings, conferences and briefings for educational and networking opportunities. Promoting global partnerships among governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, businesses and academic and research institutions, GIC also prides itself on sharing its findings with policymakers and the press worldwide.

Speakers for the Cuba and the Caribbean: What Now? event include Karen Holbrook, David Kotok, Stephen Kay, and Donald Rissmiller. Other speakers and discussants are being confirmed.

Karen Holbrook is Executive Vice President at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Sr. Advisor to the President at the University of South Florida. She is currently serving as the Executive Vice President at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Sr. Advisor to the President at the University of South Florida. Prior to this position, she served as the Interim president at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, after leaving the University of South Florida where she was Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation, then Senior Vice President for Global Affairs and International Research. Before coming to USF, Dr. Holbrook served as president of The Ohio State University from 2002-2007. She was also the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost and professor of cell biology at the University of Georgia, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Florida, and associate dean for research and professor of biological structure and medicine at the University of Washington, School of Medicine.

David Kotok is the CIO of Cumberland Advisors. He cofounded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has been its chief investment officer since inception. David holds a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in organizational dynamics from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen Kay is the center director of the Atlanta Fed’s Americas Center. Dr. Kay is part of the financial markets team. His research focuses on political economy and public policy in Latin America. His articles on pension reform in Latin America have appeared in the Journal of Comparative Politics, Foreign Policy Journal, Journal of Aging & Social Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, International Social Security Review, Latin American Politics and Society, Social Security Bulletin, and the Atlanta Fed’s Economic Review. Dr. Kay is a coeditor of Lessons from Pension Reform in the Americas (with Tapen Sinha, Oxford University Press) and an author of Social Security in Latin America: Pension Reform and the Challenge of Universal Coverage (with Carolina Felix and Tapen Sinha, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). He has testified twice before committees of the United States Congress on pension reform in Latin America. Dr. Kay received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California and his doctorate in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Donald Rissmiller is the Founding Partner of Strategas. Donald has been the firm’s chief economist since 2006, directing its macroeconomic research effort. He oversees Strategas’ high-frequency econometric forecasting and thematic economic research. Mr. Rissmiller’s research has been consistently recognized by Institutional Investor magazine in their annual survey: he was ranked best up and coming economist in 2008, and was third in their 2009 All-America Independent Research Team survey. He is frequently quoted in the financial press.

Partners for this event include the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

For a list of sponsors and a link for registration, please visit:
https://www.interdependence.org/events/browse/programs/cuba-what-now/

Event Details
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 08:00 AM – 03:00 PM

Event Location
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Selby Auditorium
8350 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243