A conference about “Seeking Common Initiatives” toward
Similar conferences held in
That report included funding to support “public diplomacy initiatives worldwide, including conferences, small grants, media and public outreach” (p.25); grants to foreign organizations as part of an “effort to discourage tourist travel” to Cuba (p.xvii); “small grants and other assistance to local national groups interested in promoting greater information about U.S. policies toward Cuba and greater national involvement in support of democracy and the development of civil society in Cuba” (p.45); and other activities aimed at “encouraging international solidarity with the Cuban people and promoting democracy” (p.10).
As one might expect, Cuban media are trashing the conference; here’s a not-very-witty example in English.
Setting that spat aside, the conference agenda asks some good questions, including whether there is a need for international cooperation, and if it is possible for
We weren’t invited, but let’s discuss it anyway.
My view is that a common approach is not necessary, and it’s impossible in any event.
Look first within
Then there’s the fundamental issue of whether to isolate
On that score,
But that’s where the
What about agreement on specific initiatives, while leaving larger disagreements aside?
Here it is possible that other governments may take initiatives that coincide with