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Getting to Normal: A Legal Pathway for U.S.-Cuba Policy Reform

December 2, 2014 • 1:30 – 7:00 pm EST

Cohosted with the Center for International Policy

The CSIS Americas Program and the Center for International Policy will host a half-day conference that will explore what normal relations between the United States and Cuba could look like, while discussing a legal roadmap for getting there. The purpose of the event is not to discuss whether the United States should normalize its relations with Cuba. Instead, the event will explore the process in its legal, practical, and diplomatic aspects, in the event that a U.S. president decides to pursue such a relationship.

The event will feature a morning keynote address by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who will discuss his recent trip to Cuba and the outlook for the bilateral relationship, and a luncheon keynote address by Ambassador Tom Pickering, who will discuss the role of practical diplomacy in normalizing relations with countries subject to U.S. economic sanctions.

Washington, D.C. attorney Robert Muse will describe the legal capability of a U.S. president to normalize relations with Cuba, and then moderate a discussion of the various elements of normalized U.S.-Cuba relations.

Speakers include:

Mark Feldman, former Deputy and acting Legal Adviser at the Department of State

Gustavo Arnavat, former U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank and Senior Adviser at CSIS

Jake Colvin, Vice President of the National Foreign Trade Council

Prof. Christine Haight Farley, American University's Washington College of Law

Matthew Aho, Akerman, LLC; and Dan Whittle, Environmental Defense Fund


Gustavo Arnavat
Senior Adviser (Non-resident Affiliate), Project on Prosperity and Development