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Arturo Lopez Levy is a Lecturer and Doctoral Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is a Research Associate of the Institute for the Study of Israel in
the Middle East (ISIME). Lopez Levy has taught different courses about American politics, Comparative Politics, Problems of International Relations, and Latin American Politics at the University of Denver,
the University of Colorado in Boulder and the Colorado School of Mines. He is a consultant for the New America foundation and the Inter-American Dialogue about Cuba and American policy towards Latin America. In Cuba, before his emigration to the United States, in 2001, Lopez Levy worked as political analyst for the Cuban government between 1992 and 1994, when he resigned his position. Between 1999 and 2001, Lopez Levy was Secretary of the Bnai- Brith lodge of the Cuban Jewish Community. His
doctoral dissertation discusses political liberalization in dominant party regimes through a comparative study of Taiwan and Mexico under the KMT and the PRI.

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U.S.-Cuba Relations: Entering a Testing Period

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 8:00 AM

In August 2010, Cuban Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega went to Washington and shared with many a message he heard directly from Raul Castro: "He repeated to me on several occasions that he is ready to talk to the United States government directly, about every issue."

This message was...

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Relaciones Cuba-EE.UU: El inicio de un período de prueba

(6) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 8:48 AM

El pasado 17 de diciembre, el presidente Obama presentó una nueva visión oficial estadounidense sobre Cuba, con un consiguiente cambio de la política hacia la isla. Por primera vez, desde 1959, el discurso oficial norteamericano se refirió a Cuba no como una amenaza a la seguridad nacional, sino...

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Otra cara de la relación Estados Unidos-Cuba

(12) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 8:43 PM

Cuando los funcionarios electos establecen diferentes normas para sí mientras limitan los derechos constitucionales del resto de los estadounidenses, la credibilidad de las instituciones democráticas se erosiona.

Ese es el caso del Senador Marco Rubio y la congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, quienes se han erigido en principales oponentes...

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Rand Paul Versus Marco Rubio: Some Libertarian Air Is Good for Cuban-American Politics

(7) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 10:36 AM

This post was co-authored with Jhon Cores.

As prospective candidates claim their spot on the coveted 2016 Republican presidential ticket, two senators, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul bump heads on a newly awakened foreign policy issue: Cuba.

After President Obama's disclosure of renewed diplomatic relations with...

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Obama Corrects a Historic Mistake

(23) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 12:32 PM

"Behave chivalrously; do it like a big guy, not like a shyster." That was Henry Kissinger's recommendation to American diplomats engaged in negotiations with Cuba in 1975. And that was what President Barack Obama did on December 17, 2014.

Seemingly out of the blue, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro...

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How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo

(5) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 10:40 AM

When was last time in recent memory a top U.S. official praised Cuba publicly? And since when has Cuba's leadership offered to cooperate with Americans?

It's rare for politicians from these two countries to stray from the narratives of suspicion and intransigence that have prevented productive collaboration for over half...

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Hypocrisy and The Right to Travel to Cuba

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:27 AM

Political hypocrisy and cynicism are cancers on the body politics. Most people don't realize the damage they are doing until it is too late. When elected officials set different standards for themselves while advocating policies that limit the constitutional rights of Americans, the credibility of the political system suffers and...

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El Vicepresidente Biden, Cuba y la flor del heno

(5) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 12:46 PM

Con su entrevista al Vicepresidente Joseph Biden, Yoani Sánchez ha sido la primera víctima de la campaña mediática que la presentó como una de las cien personas más influyentes del mundo.

En cuestión de meses desde la salida de su blog, Sánchez fue presentada como la encarnación...

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Free Alan Gross by Freeing the Cuban Five

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Alan Gross, an American imprisoned in Cuba since December 3, 2009, recently went on a hunger strike in Havana that lasted for eight days. He did so to protest the U.S. and Cuban governments' inaction in negotiating a solution to his tragedy.

Gross is...

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La visita de Laurent Fabius a Cuba: ¿Anticipo del diálogo con Europa?

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 7:44 PM

La visita del canciller francés Laurent Fabius a Cuba es una buena señal para las negociaciones de la Habana con Europa anunciadas a comenzar este 29 de Abril. Fabius fue una de las voces más activas en Europa Occidental, a favor de las sanciones comunitarias contra Cuba a raíz de...

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The University Is for Counterrevolutionaries

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 5:41 PM

A rapper, a graffiti artist, a blogger, two independent lawyers: In all, 17 students have arrived from Cuba with U.S government-sponsored scholarships to study at Miami Dade College.

Having students from Cuba in the United States is a welcome development. Reforms to

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Venezuela: ¿consejos cubanos?

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Entre las tragedias que vive Venezuela hoy un consejo y solo uno quisiera dar a los muchos amigos chavistas y opositores que tengo allí: no escuchen consejeros cubanos, no importa si de derecha o de izquierda, no importa si de la Habana o Miami. La política cubana es el modelo...

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Cuba: The CELAC Summit and Its Challenges

(11) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 8:30 AM

With the celebration in Havana of the 2nd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Cuba's presidency of the organization comes to a close. Raúl Castro's government coordinated several regional cooperation initiatives in the areas of education, culture, anticorruption, and mitigating natural disasters. Havana also lead...

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Cuba: la cumbre de CELAC y sus desafíos

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Con la celebración en la Habana de la II Cumbre Cuba culmina su presidencia de la Comunidad de Estados de América Latina y el Caribe (CELAC). El gobierno de Raúl Castro coordinó varias iniciativas regionales de intercambio de experiencias en educación, cultura, lucha anticorrupción y enfrentamiento a desastres...

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Mal comienzo para el intercambio estudiantil Cuba-EE.UU.

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 7:46 PM

Un gran revuelo ha causado en la comunidad cubano-americana la llegada de un grupo de estudiantes vinculados a la oposicion en la isla para estudiar en el Miami Dade College (MDC). Los recién llegados cuentan con becas sufragadas por la Agencia Estadounidense para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) a...

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Oposición cubana: El llamado de Glendower

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 1:47 PM

En la obra Enrique IV de William Shakespeare el guerrero Glendower advierte a su primo Hotspur que él no es "gente común" y que cuando nació temblores y volcanes sacudieron la tierra. Glendower dice: "Yo puedo evocar los espíritus del fondo del abismo". A lo que Hotspur contesta: "También lo...

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Barack Obama and Raul Castro: More Than a Handshake?

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 2:31 PM

Nelson Mandela, even after his death, promoted peace and reconciliation among nations and civility between leaders. His funeral has brought about the refreshing image of Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama, of Cuba and the U.S., greeting each other.

The struggle against apartheid was a cause that gathered many around...

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The U.S. Cuba Embargo: Making Diplomacy Impossible

(10) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Just before Thanksgiving, Cuban-American families who had hoped to spend the holidays with their Cuban relatives got some bad news.

On November 26th, Cuba suspended consular services -- including the issuing of passports and visas -- at its interest section in Washington. The move came after the Buffalo-based...

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Barack Obama y Raúl Castro: ¿Más que un saludo?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 1:28 PM

Aun después de muerto, Nelson Mandela continúa promoviendo la paz y la reconciliación de los pueblos y la civilidad entre los líderes. Su funeral ha traído la imagen fresca de los presidentes Raúl Castro y Barack Obama, de Cuba y EE.UU., saludándose con respeto.

La lucha...

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Una salida definitiva

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 1:45 AM

El anuncio de la suspensión de las funciones consulares de la Sección de Intereses de Cuba en Washington, ante la imposibilidad de encontrar un banco estadounidense que le provea servicios financieros elementales, refleja la precariedad de las relaciones entre Cuba y EE.UU.

Incluso en un ambiente de...

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