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We Are Cuba! How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World

Hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC)

Fawcett House, Room 9.05


Dr Helen Yaffe

Dr Helen Yaffe

Visiting Fellow, Latin America and Caribbean Centre, London School of Economics (LSE)

Dr Tanya Harmer

Dr Tanya Harmer

Associate Professor, Department of International History, London School of Economics (LSE)

Dr Emily Morris

Dr Emily Morris

Research Fellow, Institute of the Americas, University College London (UCL)


Professor Gareth Jones

Professor Gareth Jones

Director, Latin America and Caribbean Centre, London School of Economics (LSE)


Book Launch: 'We are Cuba! How a revolutionary people have survived in a post-Soviet world' (Yale University Press, 2020) by Helen Yaffe (Visiting Fellow, Latin America and Caribbean Centre, LSE).

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With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba faced a devastating crisis. Drawing on archival research and interviews with Cuban leaders, thinkers, and activists, Helen Yaffe examines the key domestic initiatives that have contributed to the survival of Cuban socialism, including the creation of a world-leading biotech industry, the Energy Revolution, the shift towards sustainable development, and medical internationalism, alongside recent economic reforms. She analyses the liberalising reforms underway and shows why the revolution continues post-Castro.

The panel will introduce and discuss the book, followed by a Q&A session.

The book will be available for £12 (a 40% discount).

Follow the live Twitter coverage: #LSECuba

Chair: Professor Gareth Jones, Director of Latin America and Caribbean Centre, London School of Economics.

Speaker bios:

Dr Emily Morris is a Development Economist specialising in Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean at University College London. She has worked as a Senior Editor/Economist, at the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Inter-American Development Bank. Her doctoral thesis was on Cuban economic policy and performance after 1990.

Dr Tanya Harmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of International History at LSE. She is a specialist on the Cold War in Latin America and has written widely on Chile’s revolutionary process in the 1970s, the Cuban Revolution’s influence in Latin America, counter-revolution and inter-American diplomacy, solidarity networks, women and gender. Her latest book tells the story of Beatriz Allende and Chile’s revolutionary left that came of age in the shadow of the Cuban Revolution.  

Dr Helen Yaffe is a Visiting Fellow at the Latin American and Caribbean Centre in the LSE and a Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. Since 1995, she has spent time living and researching in Cuba. She is the author of Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution (2009) and co-author of Youth Activism and Solidarity: The Non-stop Picket Against Apartheid (2017).

Cuba’s new Ambassador to the UK, Her Excellency Bárbara Montalvo Álvarez, will also be in attendance.


Cover image: Cuba, Helen Yaffe (Visiting Fellow, Latin America and Caribbean Centre, LSE).


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