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A pproaching an uncertain future without Fidel Castro,and still reeling from a downturn at the end of the cold war,Cuba must act decisively to improve its economy and living conditions. One of the major challenges facing the impoverished island nation is securing access to energy resources that are sufficient to meet the needs of its revitalization and development goals.What steps can Cuba take to achieve both short- and long-term energy sustainability and self-sufficiency? In this timely analysis,Jonathan BenjaminAlvarado and his colleagues answer that question. Cuba’s Energy Future sets the geostrategic context within which Cuba is operating. The book provides an overview of the evolving relations among Caribbean states and explains why Cuba and its longtime nemesis the United States should look for ways to cooperate on developing energy resources.The possible role of oil companies is explored, as is Cuba’s energy relationship with Hugo Chavez’sVenezuela. The second section of Cuba’s Energy Future features economic and technical appraisals, economic projections,and trends affecting Cuba’s energy needs,including oil and natural gas potential,the country’s antiquated electric power sector,and the role of biofuels such as sugarcane ethanol.The concluding section focuses on the conditions necessary for, and the mutual benefits of, greater cooperative engagement with the United States. Contributors: Juan A.B.Belt (Chemonics International,formerly USAID),Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado (University of Nebraska–Omaha and University of Georgia), Amy Myers Jaffe (Rice University),Jorge R.Piñón (Florida International University), Ronald Soligo (Rice University). Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado is a professor of political science at the University of Nebraska–Omaha,where he is also the assistant director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies.He is also senior research associate of the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia.He is the author of Power to the People: Energy and the Cuban Nuclear Program (Routledge,2000). Brookings Institution Press Washington,D.C. www.brookings.edu Benjamin-Alvarado Cuba’s Energy Future Cover images: iStockphoto.com Cover design by Peggy Archambault Q ...


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  • Energy policy -- Cuba.
  • United States -- Foreign economic relations -- Cuba.
  • Cuba -- Foreign economic relations -- United States.
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