FIU experts ready to discuss U.S.-Cuba relations

FIU has leading experts on Cuba who are available to provide analysis and insight on President Barack Obama’s announcement today about U.S. policy toward Cuba and the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison.

FIU’s experts include:

Frank Mora, director of FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Institute, is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere. He is an expert on hemispheric security, U.S.-Latin American relations, civil-military relations, Cuban politics and military, and Latin American foreign policy. Mora can address the historic nature of this announcement and discuss ramifications for the U.S. and Cuba. For a full biography, please click here.

Jorge Duany is director of FIU’s Cuban Research Institute. Duany is an expert on migration, ethnicity, race, nationalism, and transnationalism in the Caribbean and the United States. For a full biography, please click here.

Sebastian Arcos is the associate director of the Cuban Research Institute. His father and uncle were active participants in Castro’s revolutionary movement and briefly held important governmental positions, but were soon disillusioned by the new regime’s totalitarian nature. His entire family was arrested and sent to prison for attempting to leave Cuba illegally in 1981. Arcos is an expert on human rights in Cuba. Arcos can discuss what each side gains from normalized relations. For a full biography, please click here.

For questions or assistance in contacting any of the following experts, please call the Office of Media Relations:

Maydel Santana-Bravo: 305-348-1555, 305-972-8276,
Madeline Baro: 305-348-2234, 305-310-9665,
Lilyvania Mikulski: 305-348-2716, 786-797-9619,
Isabel Gamarra: 305-348-6944, 305-810-9723,
Dianne Fernandez: 305-348-2232, 305-608-4870,
JoAnn Adkins: 305-348-0398, 305-979-5276,

About FIU:

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

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