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Cuba and the United States: 90 Years in the Making

globalEDGE Business Beat
January 6, 2017 5:00 PM

Ernie Betts - Cuba and the United States: 90 Years in the MakingWhen President Obama visited Cuba with his wife, two children, mother-in-law, and a large group of Congressional members and dignitaries on March 20-22, 2016, it was the first time in more than 90 years that a sitting U.S. president visited Cuba.

The trip included sight-seeing in Old Havana, one-on-one meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, an entrepreneurship summit, baseball, and even meeting with dissidents and civil society leaders. Ernie Betts, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Business Programs in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University and a frequent traveler as well as expert on Cuba, provides commentary on Cuba. The interview focuses on how is Cuba handling the potential of establishing better (trading) relationships with the U.S., the outlook for the Cuba-US relationship, and if it matters* who becomes the U.S. president in January 2017 in moving forward in this country-level relationship.

*Note: Since the time of this April 2016 interview, Fidel Castro former president of Cuba has passed away and the U.S. Presidential election was won by Donald J. Trump.

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