About the authors

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Anna Ayuso

Doctor in Public International Law and Master in European Studies from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Senior Research Fellow on Latin American at CIDOB since 2002. Associate Professor of Public International Law at the UAB. Associate Professor at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). Member of the Editorial Board of the Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals; of the advisory boards of the Revista Mural Internacional (Universidade Federal do Río de Janeiro) and the Comillas Journal of International Relations (Universidad Pontificia Comillas); and of the Scientific Committee of the magazine América Latina Hoy (University of Salamanca).

Katarzyna Dembicz

Latin Americanist, geographer (PhD) and political scientist (postdoc). Professor at the Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, University of Warsaw. Visiting Professor: University of Panama (2016), IHEAL University Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 (2017), Instituto de Iberoamérica USAL (2013, 2014 and 2021). Coordinator of various research projects: “Quo Vadis Cuba? Implicaciones para Europa y Polonia” (2011–2013), “Discourses and development dilemmas of Central American local communities” (2019–2023). Director of the scientific journal Ameryka Łacińska (University of Warsaw). Formerly General Secretary of REDIAL, and founder of the Fundación Profesor Andrzej Dembicz; currently a member of the board of directors of CEISAL. She is the author or co-author of six monographs and over 60 scientific texts and has edited 13 books. ORCID: 0000-0002-8023-088X.

Marie Laure Geoffray

Received her PhD from Sciences Po. She is an Associate Professor in political science at IHEAL-Sorbonne Nouvelle. She has extensively published about Cuban issues, especially about civil society dynamics. Her latest publications include: « Less Velvet for the Cuban transition? Entanglements between Central European, Latin American and Cuban Transnational Networks », Revue d’Etudes comparatives Est-Ouest, Revue d’Etudes comparatives Est-Ouest n°2-3, 2020, pp. 185-224; «Mettre la peur à distance. Retour sur une expérience ethnographique en contexte autoritaire », Critique Internationale n° 86, 2020, pp. 141-164, and « Digital critique in Cuba », in Sara Garcia and Ted Henken (eds), Cuba’s Digital Revolution, Coral Gables, Florida University Press, 2021.

Susanne Gratius

Professor and, since 2020, Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations in the Faculty of Law at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). Associate Senior Researcher at CIDOB. Lectures on master’s and undergraduate programmes on Foreign Policy Analysis, Globalization and International Regimes, International Relations Theory and Latin America in the International System. Her research and publications focus on Latin America (Cuba, Brazil and Venezuela) and its relations with the EU (foreign policy, political regimes, populism).

Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

Lead Researcher at the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies, Head of the GIGA Berlin Office, and Professor of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin. As member of the Foro Europa Cuba network and recently edited the volume: Social Policies and Institutional Reform in Post-COVID Cuba (Opladen: Barbara Budrich); 2021. (Open Access, also fully available in Spanish.)
As a Principal Investigator in the German–Latin American Centre of Infection & Epidemiology Research and Training 8 (GLACIER) he is leading a comparative study of COVID-19 vaccination policies in Cuba, Mexico and Central America. ORCID: 0000-0001-7522-3610.

Eduardo Perera Gómez

Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Instituto Superior de relaciones Internacionales (ISRI) in 1982 and Doctor of Historical Sciences (University of Havana, 2016). Full Professor. Jean Monnet Chair (2015–2018). Researcher at the Center for European Studies (1985–2006). Advisor, Second Head of Mission at the Cuban Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union (2006–2009). Deputy Director of the International Policy Research Centre (CIPI) (2010–2012). Professor at the University of Havana (2012–2021). Specialist in European integration, Europe–Latin America relations and contemporary European history. Author of a number of works published in various magazines and books, in both Cuba and other countries.

Raynier Pellón Azopardo

Senior researcher at CIPI. Bachelor’s degree in History (with honours) from the University of Havana (UH) (2006). Master’s in Contemporary History and International Relations. Special mention in European Studies (UH, 2008). Researcher and Head of the Department of Global and Regional Affairs at the Center for European Studies (Havana, 2009–2010). Project Manager and Coordinator of “Escenarios de Política Internacional Europa” (CIPI, Havana, 2012–present). Member of the Jean Monnet Chair at the UH (2015–2018). Assistant Researcher, 2017. Member of the advisory board of the scientific journal Cuadernos de Nuestra América. Doctorate in Contemporary History (UH, 2022).

Tomasz Rudowski

Doctor of Social Science, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in International Relations, as well as a master’s degree in Cultural Studies. Assistant Professor at the Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies at the University of Warsaw. Participated in an exchange programme with the Autonomous University of Madrid as part of his studies, and in a research stay in Mexico within the Mexican Government Scholarship Program. Also undertook a research stay and internship at the University of Amsterdam (2016). Author of more than a dozen scientific publications, his research focuses on the socioeconomic development, economic history and international relations of Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Claudia Sánchez Savín

Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Master’s student at the Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies (CEHSEU) of the University of Havana. Professor of Public International Law. Currently a specialist museologist. Collaborator in the project “Relaciones Internacionales. Medios, Comunicación y Derecha Internacional: Interacciones e Impactos para Cuba hacia el 2025” for the Programa Nacional de Ciencia Tecnología e Innovación, and on the CIPI project “Relaciones Cuba – Unión Europea”.

Laurence Whitehead

Senior Research Fellow in Political Science at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and Research Associate at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA, Hamburg) as well as at the Transformation Research Unit in Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He has written extensively on the comparative politics of democratisation and governance in Latin America and the world, and has studied Cuban affairs for more than half a century. ORCID: 0000-0002-1088-9806