Cuba’s possible participation in the Americas Presidential Summit planned for April 2015 in Panama, has provoked deep controversy among OAS member states. The United States has opposed Cuba’s participation, yet several Latin American governments have communicated their unwillingness to attend the summit if Cuba is not invited. This could cause the cancellation or postponement of the Summit, greatly undermining inter-American institutions. What alternatives are being explored, to save the Summit and promote Cuba’s integration into the regional family of democratic states? What can we learn from past conflict management initiatives in the Americas? How could Canada contribute new thinking and diplomatic action?
PANELISTS: Robert Fox, Executive Director, Oxfam-Canada; Eric Hershberg, Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University; William LeoGrande, Dean Emeritus, American University; Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary-General of the Organization of American States; Arch Ritter, Carleton University & CIC LASG; Andres Serbin, Director of the Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Economicas y Sociales; Geoff Thale, Senior Program Officer at the Washington Office on Latin America; Stephen Baranyi, Associate Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa.