Cuba and the United States in the World: Understanding the Practice of International Sanctions

Emerging From Conflict Conference
March 29-April 1, 2001
Seabrook Island, South Carolina

Conference Description

This conference will focus on the issue of international sanctions, a matter of considerable importance to our Cuban colleagues. In four sessions, we will address the history and theory of international sanctions, contemporary sanctions policies against Iraq and Cuba, and the legality or illegality of sanctions policies. One of the primary purposes of the conference is to enhance understanding of how those four topics are viewed from the vantage points of Cuba and the United States, respectively. The assumption is not that there is a single perspective in each of the two countries; quite the contrary, we recognize a diversity of viewpoints within both Cuba and the United States. We do assume, however, that often subtle, but perhaps consequential, differences in understanding and interpretation derive, in part, from differences in the national context from which international sanctions are viewed and experienced. The conference is intended to foster awareness of and sensitivity to such differences. At the same time, a second purpose of the conference is to work toward a better shared theoretical analysis and critique of international sanctions policies. A report of conference proceedings will be published by the Stanley Foundation to communicate accomplishments in terms of that second purpose. Finally, a third function of the meeting is to take advantage of the unfortunately still all-too-rare opportunity to engage, in a relaxed and relatively informal setting, in sustained dialogue with Cuban colleagues in a truly joint endeavor to enrich the analysis and critique of contemporary international relations.