BEYOND THE HEADLINES & AUTHOR EVENT
Beyond Castro: The Future of US Diplomacy in Cuba
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Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Author of Our Woman in Havana

 
Former US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez
 
Kezia McKeague, McLarty Associates (Moderator)
 

Washington, DC—On May 7, 2018, WFPG hosted a conversation with Former US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez and Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Author of Our Woman in Havana and Chief of the US Interests Section in Havana from 1999 to 2002. After a brief overview of US-Cuba relations, including the impact of the Cuban-American community on US policy, the speakers covered the recent leadership transition, "sonic attacks" on US and Canadian diplomats, and the impact of the reduced US presence on the Cuban economy and people. The speakers emphasized that any transition in Cuba would be gradual and expressed concern over the direction of US policy in terms of US strategic security, as well as economic growth on the island. The conversation was moderated by Kezia McKeague, a director in McLarty Associates’ Latin America practice and was held at the Offices of O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington, DC.

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Ambassador Vicki Huddleston discusses
her book Our Woman in Havana

 

Moderator Kezia McKeague and
Secretary Carlos Gutierrez

 

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Ambassador Vicki Huddleston addresses
Secretary Gutierrez


 
Ambassador Huddleston, Kezia McKeague,
and Secretary Gutierrez
 

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Moderator Kezia McKeague of WFPG Corporate
Advisory Council Member McLarty Associates
 
Meaghan VerGow welcomes guests
to O'Melveny & Myers LLP 
 

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WFPG Executive Director Kim Kahnhauser Freeman introduces the speakers
 
Participants listen to the program

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Marideth Sandler of Sandler Trade LLC asks a question

 
Andrea Ewart of DevelopTradeLaw LLC during the Q&A

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Commissioner Meredith Broadbent of USITC 

 
Adalen Still of Adalen Travel & Cuba Services

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Mirna Vlasic of the Embassy of Croatia with WFPG Board Members Stephenie Foster and Dawn Calabia

 
Deputy Chiefs of Mission Natercia Coelho Da Silva of
Timor Leste and Lara Romano of Croatia

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Ambassador Huddleston and Secretary Gutierrez speak with guests after the discussion

 
WFPG Board Member Allison Ford of United Technologies, with colleague Caroline Chewning and Roger Mitchell of IRI

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Ambassador Huddleston and Ambassador Tim Broas of Holland & Hart LLP
 
Roya Motazedi and WFPG Corporate Advisory Council Member Rosalind Reischer of McLarty Associates

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Andrea Ewart, Roya Motazedi, and Yasuko Fumoro 

 
Ambassador Huddleston speaks with Caroline McCulloch

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Ambassador Huddleston signs a copy of her book, Our Woman in Havana 

 
Kezia McKeague, Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Ambassador Vicki Huddleston