After 2008, the newly installed presidency of Raúl Castro launched several initiatives to revamp the highly centralized form of socialism for which Cuba had been known. Though Cuba's Actualización draws from other experiences of socialist reform, it appears to be a distinctive approach. The Cuba Project/Bildner Center colloquium puts the new approach in perspective and provides an update on the evolving policies and the structural and institutional changes in progress in 2012. The colloquium closes with a review of policy and research implications.
The Cuba Futures Initiative aims at developing a policy-oriented network on changes and transformations in Cuba. Members and participants share a rigorous academic approach and pursue their interests through meetings (including workshops), research, publications, and outreach. The Initiative adopts a flexible process of policy-oriented network development adapted to Cuba's complex and shifting conditions. One of our aims is to explore links between a changing Cuba and broader Latin America/Western Hemisphere processes to generate sound ideas and frameworks for studying the connection between current (and historical) dynamics and future developments.