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Cuba: Religion, Social Capital, and Development by Adrian Hearn

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hearn_book_coverAdrian Hearn‘s book, Cuba: Religion, Social Capital, and Development is just out

You can read a review at the Latin American Review of Books: http://www.latamrob.com/?p=614.

In addition, you can read more by Adrian Hern in this paper online at FIU’s CRI (see abstract below).

http://cubainfo.fiu.edu/Documents/Hearn-CubaInfo_article.pdf

By conventional rankings China is Cuba¹s second largest trading partner and Cuba is China¹s 10th in Latin America, but the significance of the relationship extends beyond the $2.7 billion of annual trade between them,and beyond convention. For China, Cuba represents an opportunity to trial bilateral industrial initiatives that are carefully supervised from the top down, incrementally developed, and strategically integrated into a broad plan of commercial engagement. The details of this plan are not stated in any public declaration or official report, but Chinese firms have gone a step beyond the efforts of companies from Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States to expand export markets for specific products, and a step ahead of state-run enterprises from Venezuela and Bolivia in developing human resource exchange programs. Combining free-market commerce with neo-socialist forms of resource bartering, China has advanced an all-encompassing approach trade and development with Cuba through a framework of intergovernmental cooperation. 

As the Obama administration explores avenues toward rapprochement with Cuba, China¹s industrial collaboration with the island harbors both lessons for establishing partnerships and opportunities to advance trilateral cooperation. Drawing on data gathered during three years of research in Cuba and ten months in China, this report discusses two key components of Sino-Cuban interaction: political dialogue as a precursor to commercial integration; and the development of coordinated, incremental approaches to market expansion and technology transfer. I conclude by arguing that a combination of multilateral and bilateral bridges to Cuba would encourage more open and transparent modes of information sharing, and allow U.S.firmsto assess potential strategies for engaging with existing Sino-Cuban projects.

4 Responses to “Cuba: Religion, Social Capital, and Development by Adrian Hearn”

  1. ariana Says:

    never heard of this before.
    but Paul, it looks like we are the only ones here reading this blog!

  2. Laurie Frederik Says:

    That’s not true! I’m here reading, but not yet sure of how to do anything other than comment….I’m a newbie to blogs.

  3. Nadine Says:

    Yes, I read the book and wrote a review which should be coming out later this year in the New West Indian Guide.

  4. pryer Says:

    Please let us know when it’s out, and if there’s an electronic version available, that would be great, naturally.

    Here’s NWIG’s site, for those who don’t know the journal:
    http://www.kitlv-journals.nl/index.php/nwig

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