Charles Landow focuses on Africa and Latin America in this week’s Missing Pieces. Enjoy!
- Cuba’s Evolution: An Economist special report examines Raúl Castro’s reforms in Cuba. It first reviews the decline of the country’s vaunted equality and social services since the Soviet Union’s collapse. One arresting illustration: in real terms, today’s average wage is only a quarter of 1989’s. Castro is trying to unleash growth by allowing a nascent private sector, though the report argues that reforms have a long way to go. Politically, “change can come only from the Communist Party itself” for now, since the opposition is small and divided. Possible futures include China-style reforms, a Putin-like strongman, or a party-led quasi-democracy. Or, someday, Cubans could take matters into their own hands. CFR’s Julia Sweig analyzes developments in Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations in a recent interview. Read more »