Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
On February 19, Fidel Castro announced his departure as leader
of the Cuba after more than 49 years in unquestioned power. A
wave of speculation followed regarding who will next command Cuba
with Fidel no longer in charge. While the Communist Party may
put forward a new face as President of Cuba's Council of State,
there is no doubt that Fidel's younger brother Raúl will
exercise a decisive influence in the months and years ahead.
Whether it is implementing economic reforms, opening the political
space, or charting a new relationship with the United States,
Raúl Castro will play a decisive role in determining Cuba's
domestic and foreign policy. Brian Latell will offer his
views and insights from decades spent analyzing Cuba and the
leadership of the Castro brothers.
Brian Latell served as National Intelligence Officer at the CIA
for Latin America. Before retiring from government service in
1998, he was the Director of the Center for the Study of
Intelligence. He is the author of After Fidel:
Raúl Castro and the Future of Cuba's Revolution
(paperback, updated 2007), copies of which will be available for
purchase and to be signed by the author.
More About the Speakers
Senior Research Associate,
Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies,
The University of Miami
Ray Walser, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Analyst