Jan 19: US Embargo Against Cuba

Mar Viejo, Curso Nuevo: The Beginning of the End of U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Global Programs and the University's Research Compliance Office invite you to a discussion on the history and current contours of el bloqueo--the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba.

It's a tale of senators and spies, sugar and shipping, banking and BeyoncĂ©.  Starting with President Kennedy's imposition of unilateral sanctions during the early days of the Castro regime and ending with new regulatory adjustments reflecting President Obama's decision to normalize relations, we'll survey the development of U.S. policies and laws governing trade with--and travel to--Cuba.  Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but sometimes it's illegal contraband that federal customs agents find out about during a messy divorce.

Where?  Freeman Commons, Humphrey School 205.

When?  2:00-4:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 19th.

Who?  Our speaker will be Patrick Briscoe, the University's Export Controls and International Projects Officer.  He holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and has been working in the field of export controls and economic sanctions since 1998.  Evidence suggests Pat may be the first person ever to have conducted trade controls compliance classes in Duluth, where the wind chill was minus thirty that day.  He remembers it clearly.

Seating is limited to forty (40).  Please RSVP to Patrick Briscoe (bris0022@umn.edu612-625-3860).
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