Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to be on Maria Elvira Live, the MegaTV public affairs program in
The interview is on the MegaTV website in two parts.
The first clip includes the program introduction and the beginning of the interview where we discuss the prospects of economic policy change under Raul Castro.
The second clip continues on that topic, including footage of Raul Castro’s 26th of July speech, and a discussion of
The key issue was the prospect of reform. Given that I was saying that change is likely under Raul, Maria Elvira naturally asked me to state when the reforms are coming. My answer: within one year. Given the expectations Raul has raised, and the amount of discussion that the system is generating within
We’ll see how things turn out.
As in any interview, there are things I wish I hadn’t left unsaid. In this case, these are the following.
Second, with regard to travel policy, I would add that if we have affection and concern for the Cuban people, I can’t square those sentiments with a policy that builds barriers to contact with them. And given our urgent interest in influencing post-Castro Cuba, I don’t understand why, as a pragmatic matter, we don’t open up to unregulated contact now with the people who live in Cuba now, who are the actors that will shape post-Castro Cuba.
Enough of all that; you can go to the tape if you wish.