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2005 National Summit on Cuba

 

The 4th National Summit on Cuba was held in Mobile, Alabama on June 10-11, 2005

(See below for online presentations as submitted by participants and sound files of the original presentations. The full text of the Summit will be available soon)

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco’s March 2005 trade mission to Cuba highlighted the interest southern U.S. states have in increased trade and interaction with their close geographic neighbor Cuba. Cuba was Louisiana and other Southern states’ top export market prior to the imposition of the embargo in 1960 and even under current restrictions, there has been a surge in trade from the United Staes to Cuba. 

The Mobile Summit presented diverse, nationally recognized speakers on the current U.S.- Cuba commercial relations and policy. While the Summit focused on the impact of the U.S.-Cuba estrangement the audience learned much about the many factors inherent in the ongoing policy debate. Summit Co-sponsors icludedthe City of Mobile, Alabama State Port Authority, Gulf Coast Regional Chamber Coalition, Cuba Trade Coalition, AlaCaribe Initiative, Inc. , Maybank Shipping Company, Inc., Mobile Airport Port Authority, A.R. Savage & Son, Inc., Port of Corpus Christi, Thompson Cat/Caterpillar Inc., Page & Jones, Inc., Riverview Plaza Hotel, Society Mobile-La Habana (USCSCA) and Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2005 
Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center

The text and sound files (mp3) listed below are for research purposes only. Permission to reproduce them in any form must be obtained from theWorld Policy Institute Cuba Project at the New School and the author of the speach. Please contact us at cubaed@newschool.edu or call 212.229.5808 ext.4268. All materials on this website are under copyright.

This website is being updated regularly. The sound files are in segments created by the recording process and are of varying lenghths. Missing sound files, transcripts and additional materials will be added as they become available.

Governor Mark Sanford: 
Letter Welcoming Participants to the 2005 National Summit on Cuba (pdf) 
8:45 Call to Order
John Loggia, Summit Coordinator, World Policy Institute
Welcoming Statement 
Mobile Mayor Michael Dow (Part 1mp3) (Part 2 mp3)
9:00 PERSPECTIVES ON THE U.S. CUBA RELATIONSHIP
Moderator: Sonny Callahan, former U.S. Representative, Alabama(Part 1mp3)
A Brief History of U.S.- Cuba Relations 
Wayne Smith, PhD, former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana; Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy (Part 1mp3)(Part 2mp3)(Part 3mp3)
Goals and Methods: The Bush Administration Approach
Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Retired, Former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section, Havana 1999 - 2002 (Part 1mp3) (Part 2mp3)(Part 3mp3) 
Congress and U.S. Government Restrictions on Travel to Cuba
U.S. Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ) House Cuba Working Group(Part 1 mp3) (Part 2 mp3) (Part 3 mp3)
Changing Dynamics of the Cuban American Community
Alfredo Duran, Esq., Cuban Committee for Democracy; Bay of Pigs Veteran (Part 1 mp3) (Part 2 mp3) (Part 3 mp3) (part 4mp3)
Politics of the Pro-Embargo Lobby
Tony Martinez Esq., Latin America Working Group (Part1mp3) (Part 2mp3) 
Cuba and U.S. National Security 
General Edward Atkeson, U.S. Army (ret.) (html)
Senior Fellow, Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the U.S. Army (did not appear due to circunstances but submitted comments)
Cuba Policy and U.S. Leadership in a Changing Latin America
The Honorable William D. Rogers, former Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, Vice Chair, Kissinger Associates(Part 1 mp3) (Part 2 mp3) 
Panel 1 (Question and Answer 1mp3) (Question and Answer 2mp3)
10:30 CUBA AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH
Moderator: Winthrop M. Hallett III, President, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce(Part 1mp3)
Southern Agriculture and Cuba
Ron Sparks, Commissioner of Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries(Part 1mp3)
The Economic Impact on the South
Semoon Chang, PhD, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research, University of South Alabama (powerpoint) (Part 1mp3)(Part 2mp3)
Challenges and Opportunities for the State of Florida
Tim Lynch, Florida State University (powerpoint) (Part 1 mp3) (Part 2 mp3)
John Parke Wright, Florida Cuba Business Council (Part 1 mp3)(Part 1 mp3)
Cuba and Mississippi’s Future
Don Allee, Mississippi Trade Development Council (Part 1 mp3)(Part 1 mp3)
Lloyd Moore, Mississippi Black Farmers and Agriculturists (Part 1 mp3)
The 2001 Texas State Resolution Calling for Normalized Trade With Cuba and Developing a Memorandum of Understanding
Ruben Bonilla, Chairman, Corpus Christi Port Authority (Part 1 mp3) (Part 1 mp3)
The Special Case of Louisiana
Michael Olivier, Secretary of Economic Development, Louisiana(Part 1 mp3) (Part 1 mp3)
12:00 BREAK FOR LUNCH 
12:45 INTRODUCTION 
Lissa Weinmann, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute 
12:50 LUNCHEON SPEAKER
Ann Louise Bardach, Journalist and Author of best-selling book:
Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana
(intro-Part 1 mp3 ) (Part 1 mp3) (Part 1 mp3)
1:30 NEW COMMERCIAL RELATIONS WITH CUBA
Moderator: Buffy Donlon, Cuba Trade Coalition
Who is Doing Business With Cuba and Why
Kirby Jones, President, U.S.-Cuba Trade Association
A Cuban Perspective on Trade with the U.S.
Pedro Alvarez, Chairman, Alimport, Cuba (html) (comments given via teleconferencing) 
Ports, Shippers and Our Cuban Counterparts
Maria Conchita Mendez, Port of Mobile (powerpoint)
Jay Brickman, Crowley Liner Services, Jacksonville, Florida 
2:30 THE REALITY OF CUBA TODAY
Moderator: Jay Higginbotham, Mobile Municipal Archives (word) 
Cuba’s Economic Performance and Trends for the Future
Emily Morris, Country Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit, London(PowerPoint)
The Tourism Industry 
Miguel Figueras, Senior Advisor, Cuban Ministry of Tourism(powerpoint) (comments given via teleconferencing) 
Joint Ventures: New Developments in Cuban Mining and Oil Exploration
Rafael Tenreyro, CUPET (Cuban Petroleum Corporation, via Havana feed) (Tenreyro Part A) (Tenreyro Part B) (word)(comments given via teleconferencing) 
Eloise Linger, PhD, State University of New York (word)
Medical Industry, Biotechnology and Healthcare in Cuba
Peter Bourne, Chairman, Medical Education in Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC); former Special Health Adviser to President Carter 
4:00 A CONSERVATIVE ALTERNATIVE TO THE BUSH POLICY
Philip Peters, Vice President, Lexington Institute; Advisor, U.S. House of Representatives Cuba Working Group; former U.S. State Department Official under President Reagan
4:30 CONCLUSION / THANKS
Members of the Mobile Summit Planning Committee

 
DAY TWO 

The second day of National Summit programming was scheduled for Saturday,June 11, 2005 at historic Spring Hill College in Mobile. An abbreviated session was convened at the Riverview Plaza Hotel when the college was closed due to a tropical storm. Participants explored the human dimensions of U.S. Cuba relations, starting with morning discussions on religion in Cuba and how politics impacts the free exchange and expression of faith. An afternoon panel focused on the rich history of relations between Mobile and Cuba.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2005 
CUBA : RELIGION AND THE CONTEXT OF HUMAN VALUES 
Riverview Plaza Hotel 
10:00 THE MEANING OF ELIAN (the little boy found at sea)
Rev. Dr. Joan Campbell Brown, Director of Religion, Chautauqua Institute, 
Former General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Christ of the USA (Part 1 mp3)(Part 2 mp3)(Part 3 mp3)(Part 4 mp3)(Part 5 mp3)(Part 6 mp3)
9:15 RELIGION AND HUMAN VALUES IN CUBA TODAY
Margaret Nell Johnston, St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church, New Orleans 
HEALING THE BROKEN CUBAN FAMILY
Silivia Wilhelm, President, Cuban American Commission on Family Rights (did not appear but submitted comments) (word)
1:00 HISTORICAL TIES BETWEEN THE GULF COAST AND CUBA
Robert Schaefer, PhD, University of Mobile

Speaker Biographies

Information on Current Legislation

Hurricaine Dennis

Documentation

Commentary

 

Sponsored By
The World Policy Institute
The City of Mobile
Alabama State Port Authority
Gulf Coast Regional Chamber Coalition
Cuba Trade Coalition
AlaCaribe Initiative, Inc.
Maybank Shipping Company, Inc.
Mobile Airport Port Authority
A.R. Savage & Son, Inc.
Port of Corpus Christi
Thompson Cat/Caterpillar Inc.
Page & Jones, Inc.
Riverview Plaza Hotel
Society Mobile-La Habana (USCSCA)
 
  Americans For Humnitarian Trade With Cuba

Online Presentations

Governor Mark Sanford’s Letter Welcoming Participants to the 2005 National Summit on Cuba (pdf)

Tim Lynch, Florida State University (powerpoint)

Emily Morris, Country Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit, London(powerpoint)

Maria Conchita Mendez, Port of Mobile (powerpoint)

Pedro Alvarez, Chairman, Alimport, Cuba (html)

Rafael Tenreyro, CUPET (Cuban Petroleum Corporation) 
Part a (pdf)
Part b (pdf)

Eloise Linger, PhD, State University of New York (word)

Miguel Figueras, Senior Advisor, Cuban Ministry of Tourism(powerpoint)

Semoon Chang, PhD, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research, University of South Alabama (powerpoint)

Jay Higginbotham, Mobile Municipal Archives (word)

Robert M. Schaefer, Society Mobile-La Habana (word)

Silivia Wilhelm, President, Cuban American Commission on Family Rights (word)

Margaret Nell Johnston, St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church, New Orleans (word)

General Edward Atkeson, U.S. Army (ret.) (html)

National Summit on Cuba Archive

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