Director's Lecture Series: The Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations

José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, Cuba's ambassador to the United States, delivered an address on U.S.-Cuba relations at the Baker Institute April 12. Watch a video of his remarks and the Q&A session that followed:



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Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, right, is pictured with Baker Institute Director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian.  

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Featured Speaker

His Excellency José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez
Ambassador of Cuba to the United States

José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, Ph.D., was appointed Cuba's ambassador to the United States in September 2015. A veteran diplomat who had led the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., since November 2012, he is Cuba's first ambassador to the U.S. in more than 50 years. His previous experience includes service as the deputy minister for foreign affairs (2009-2012). Between 2001 and 2005, he was Cuba's ambassador to Austria, with accreditation in Croatia and Slovenia. He has also served as the Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna. Prior to that, he occupied various high-level positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including director of the Division of Cuban Residents Abroad (1994-1998), deputy director of the North American Affairs Division (1993), and second and third secretary at the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa (1990-1993). Currently, he is also a senior professor at the Raúl Roa García Higher Institute for International Relations in Havana. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Havana.


Director's Lecture Series

The Director’s Lecture Series was created and endowed by Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian and Mrs. Françoise Djerejian to provide a specific forum for Baker Institute Roundtable members, faculty and students to engage in the most relevant and pressing issues we face today.

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5:30 pm — Reception
6:30 pm — Presentation



Roundtable members and Rice students, faculty and staff receive complimentary admission with the promotional code included in the email invitation. Cost of attendance is $20 for the general public. For registration assistance, contact events coordinator David Martin (713.348.2183 or

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Full refunds are available before 5 pm on Monday, April 11. After this date, you may send an alternate to attend the event without an additional charge.


Group(s): Baker Institute


Tue, April 12, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005

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