Policy Forum

The Future of Freedom in Cuba

March 19, 2013 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

1st floor/Wintergarden

Featuring Yoani Sanchez, Dissident blogger, Generation Y; and Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Photographer and Editor, Voces; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

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Cuba’s Castro dictatorship has clung to power for more than five decades. As the regime ages and the outside sources of finance that buttress it are put in jeopardy, a new generation of Cubans is using the Internet to dissent against the pervasive lack of freedom and opportunity in their country. Prominent Cuban dissident writers Yoani Sanchez and Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo — recently given permission to travel outside Cuba — will describe life in current‐​day Cuba, the activities of the island’s dissident community in the face of repression, and the prospects for a free country. They will also assess the extent of Raul Castro’s so‐​called reforms and share their vision of a pluralistic, tolerant society.