(Former State Department Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson and Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE))
Former State Department Chief of Staff and 16-year personal assistant to General and Secretary of State Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson, and I will be reflecting on our recent trip to Havana.
Many, including us, believe that it is time to have a broader discussion about the current and future contours of the US-Cuba “encounter.” The public is invited to this meeting, but RSVPs are essential and can be sent to me at email@example.com.
I will get your name added to the list — whether you agree with the need to have this debate or are vigorously committed to keeping things as they have been.
The reason for this meeting which will take place on April 18th from 12:15 to 1:45 at the offices of the New America Foundation (1630 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 7th Floor) is to report on our trip — which we are legally required to do — and to announce the launch of a 21st Century US-Cuba Policy Initiative based at the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program.
I hope some TWN readers can join us — as I think that there are many important parallels between America’s troubling policy towards Cuba as towards some countries in the Middle East. Time to review all of this i believe.
— Steve Clemons
Update: I just came by this interesting and provocative Minnesota Daily piece, “Castroika: Cuba Continues its Castro Legacy,” by Patrick Mendis, a friend, on a national book tour now. Add to the reading pile.