October 18, 2007 | WebMemo on Latin America
On September 17, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez launched the 2007-2008 Heritage Foundation series "Cuba at the Crossroads," which explores the choices Cuba faces after the end of Fidel Castro's 50-year reign. The next event in the series will focus on the threat that Cuba currently poses to U.S. national security through its activities in Latin America, intelligence operations, and relations with U.S. enemies.
At the Crossroads
Cuba at the Crossroads will provide a series of perspectives to support U.S. government planning for the transition that will occur in Cuba after the (perhaps imminent) death of Fidel Castro.
After 50 years of tyranny, will Cubans finally be free to build a market-based democracy? Or will the Castro regime's apparatchiks cling to control of Castro's totalitarian machinery? What will be the role of Venezuelan dictator and Castro protégé Hugo Chávez? Will the Cuban people be forced to endure 50 more years of life in a cruel command-economy police state?
Over the next few months, leaders from Congress, the Executive Branch, academia, and the media will come to Heritage to lead focused discussions on the potential role of the United States in shaping post-Castro Cuba, the future of U.S.-Cuba relations, and the role a newly democratic Cuba might play in the hemisphere.
Cuba's Threat to U.S. National Security
The next event will feature a discussion of the many ways that Castro's Cuba threatens U.S. national security. A number of security issues stand out:
Recommendations for the Bush Administration and Congress
James M. Roberts is Research Fellow for Economic Freedom and Growth in the Center for International Trade and Economics at The Heritage Foundation.
 Oscar Corral, "Analyst's New Job: Visualizing Cuba After Castro Dies," The Miami Herald, June 2, 2006, p. A1.
 David Enrich, "Cubans Not So Libre: Havana's Spies in Miami Face Long Prison Time," U.S. News & World Report, June 10, 2001, at www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/010618/archive_037696.htm.
Paul Crespo, "The Other 'Axis of Evil,'" The American Legion
Magazine, July 1, 2003, at
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Jamie Glazov, Interview with Scott W. Carmichael, Author of
True Believer, August 27, 2007, at http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID
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Mary Anastasia O'Grady, "The Middle Kingdom in Latin America,"
Wall Street Journal, September 3, 2004, at http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles
/2004/9/11/170621.shtml (October 18, 2007)