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Cuba: A Family Feud that became Presidential Politics. Learn the truth about what’s going on with our ‘frenemy’ to the South.
September 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
World Affairs Council Upstate (WACU) is pleased to welcome Ambassador Vicki J. Huddleston, a distinguished retired U.S. diplomat and expert on U.S.-Cuban relations and African Affairs, to the Upstate. Most recently, she is the author of “Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat’s Chronicle of America’s Long Struggle with Castro’s Cuba.” Join WACU and the Ambassador for dinner and networking: Regular ticket $55.00 Upstate International member discount $45.00; Students $35.00. Go to Upstateinternational.org to register for the event.
From June 2009 to December 2011, Ambassador Huddleston served as the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She is a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa; U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar and to Mali; Principal Officer of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana and acting ambassador in Ethiopia. She was Deputy Chief of Mission in Haiti and Director and Deputy Director of Cuban Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Defense, she was a Visiting Scholar at Brookings Institution and a co-director of the Brookings Project on U.S. Policy Toward a Cuba in Transition.
“Our Woman in Havana” chronicles the past several decades of U.S.-Cuba relations from the bird’s-eye view of State Department veteran and longtime Cuba hand Vicki Huddleston, our top diplomat on the ground in Havana under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.