Cuba, the US, and Africa: New Evi­dence from Cuba’s Closed Archives

May 3, 2001 - 4:00 PM

Piero Glei­je­ses
Pro­fes­sor, Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity
Prof. Glei­je­ses has pub­lished exten­sively on the U.S. response to crises in Latin Amer­ica and Africa. His most recent book is Shat­tered Hope: The Guatemalan Rev­o­lu­tion and the United States, 1944–1954 (Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity Press, 1991). His new book, Con­flict­ing Mis­sions: Havana, Wash­ing­ton and Africa, 1959–1976, will be pub­lished this fall by the Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina Press. It is based on exten­sive research in the Cuban archives (includ­ing those of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the armed forces and the For­eign Min­istry) and in the archives of the United States, Bel­gium, the United King­dom, the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many and the for­mer Ger­man Demo­c­ra­tic Repub­lic, as well as on inter­views with more than 160 pro­tag­o­nists from the United States, Cuba and Africa. Pro­fes­sor Glei­je­ses recently par­tic­i­pated in an inter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Havana on the occas­sion of the 40th anniver­sary of the Bay of Pigs (Playa Girón) conflict.