Since the Cuban revolution in 1959, and especially during the Cold War, Cuba figured prominently in the policies that successive U.S. administrations formulated in dealing with Latin America as a whole. Recent U.S. policies toward Cuba have highlighted ongoing and growing tensions in various communities regarding what should be the appropriate nature of the U.S.-Cuban relations. By sponsoring this panel, which represented differing points of view, the Baker Institute's aim was to contribute to the analysis of the controversial relationship and prompt discussion of future U.S. policy options toward Cuba. Moderator Edward L. Cox is associate professor of history at Rice University. Caleb McCarry is the Cuba Transition Coordinator for the U.S. Department of State. Daniel T. Griswold is the the director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. Ernesto F. Betancourt is the first director, radio marti and former treasurer, for the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy.