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Listen to podcast interview with Jose Azel, Ph.D., author, Manana in Cuba about his book

Posted by Elena del Valle on September 13, 2010

Jose Azel, Ph.D., author, Mañana in Cuba

Photo: Jose Azel, Ph.D.

A podcast interview with Jose Azel, Ph.D., author, Manana in Cuba (see University of Miami scholar discusses possible Cuba future) is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, José discusses his recently published book with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

José is dedicated to the in-depth analysis of Cuba’s economic, social, and political state, with special interest in post-Castro-Cuba strategies. He is a senior scholar at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) at the University of Miami.

A native of Cuba he left the island in 1961 when he was 13 years old as part of Operation Pedro Pan, a child refugee program. He has been a guest on programs on Mega TV, PBS, America TeVe, GenTV, France 24 TV, and Al Jazeera among others.

José is dedicated to the in-depth analysis of Cuba’s economic, social, and political state, with special interest in post-Castro-Cuba strategies. He is a senior scholar at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) at the University of Miami.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR Jose Azel, Ph.D.” click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the September 2010 section of the podcast archive.


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University of Miami scholar discusses possible Cuba future

Posted by Elena del Valle on July 16, 2010


Mañana in Cuba

Photos: Tara Inc.

In Mañana in Cuba The Legacy of Castroism and Transitional Challenges for Cuba (Authorhouse, $24.95), a 184-page English language softcover book published this year, Jose Azel, Ph.D. addresses the possible future situation in Cuba, the country of his birth. He examines the issues that he believes afflict the island nation with an emphasis on challenges and opportunities.

In the book, he offers policy approaches based on what he assesses to be the current situation and Cuban mindset on the island he has not seen since his youth. He also discusses the potential benefits he sees for the United States if the Castro ruled nation one day becomes a democracy. And, he explores the concept of Choice Architecture based on “the lessons learned in Eastern Europe.”

“The book is a little history, political science, a little philosophy, psychology, sociology just very multidisciplinary which I think reflects my own thinking,” said Azel. He explained by phone that although much has been written about the past of Cuba this book is novel because of its focus on that country’s future.

The University of Miami logo and the words “Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida” appear at the beginning of the book. One hundred percent of the author proceeds of the book are designated to benefit the Institute with which he is affiliated.

The book is divided into two parts and thirteen chapters. The chapters in Part One are: Cuba: Alternative Roads in an Uncertain Future; Freedom from Fear; Search for Meaning; The First Law; No Le Pidas Peras Al Olmo; Carajo, Somos como Somos; Cuban Informality and Choice Architecture; and The Pursuit of Happiness. The chapters in Part Two are: Personnel Reforms; Institutional Reforms; Political Reforms; Economic Reforms; and Concluding Thoughts.

In his conclusion Azel states that “The most insidious and devastating legacy of Castroism is that Cuban society, living in constant fear, has forgotten how to feel free.” And that “… promoting a Cuban society that relearns how to feel free should be a common denominator of all mañana in Cuba visions.

Author Jose Azel, Ph.D.

Azel left Cuba in 1961 as a 13 year-old political exile in the Operation Pedro Pan, a child refugee program. A senior scholar at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) at the University of Miami he dedicates his time to the in-depth analysis of Cuba’s economic, social, and political state. He has a particular interest in post-Castro Cuba strategies. It took him a year of intense writing to complete the book.


Click here to buy Mañana In Cuba