Posted on June 16, 2016 Katherine Pancak and Mo Hussein
After 54 years of estrangement, Cuba and the U.S have reestablished diplomatic relations. While the longstanding trade embargo against Cuba has not yet been lifted, there is greater engagement between the two countries and the general feeling is that it is just a matter of time before normalized trade will resume. The improving relations have prompted people in both countries to reach out to each other so as to learn about each other. We had the opportunity to travel to Cuba as part of a faculty development program hosted by the University of Maryland Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).
Our goal in participating was to get a better understanding of the evolving Cuban economy in a historical, political, and cultural context. We arrived in Cuba with 15 other professors from across the country in mid-May, and spent 10 days visiting businesses, participating in seminars with counterparts from the University of Havana, and touring cultural sites.