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By Jorge Garrido
Translated for CubaNow by Susana Hurlich
As an incredulous coincidence, three Nobel Economy Prizewinners, all
North Americans, will travel to Havana to speak about their opinions
before a select audience of hundreds of economists from around the
Why have they decided to travel to Havana? A good and enigmatic
question that we have to ask.
They are: Robert Mundell, who was awarded the top distinction in
1999; Robert Engle, in 2003 and Edmund Phelps, in 2007, all from the
The three specialists are expected in the Cuban capital to offer
master lectures and special interventions in the 11th International
Meeting of Economists: Globalization and Development Problems, which
will be held from March 2nd to 6th.
The event, which will take place in Havana's Convention Center, will
hear hundreds of economists of different tendencies analyze the
problems that are weighing down today's world finances.
According to the program, Phelps will speak about Altruism and social
responsibility; Mundell, about The financial crisis and international
monetary systems, and Engle will make his debut to this audience with
the theme Financial volatility.
Is Cuba, perhaps, the place indicated for a critical approach to the
world situation, or is it due to the antagonism of the United States
towards the Island? The old conflict between the two nations has
already reached 50 years. Although it appears that waters are being
moved in the direction of dissolving the old dispute. Everything is
very hazy, for the moment. Cuba or the long conflict about its
sovereignty is the last remnant of the cold war, that no longer
exists, between the great opposing powers, and that was initiated
during the years of the '50s of the last century.
Why Cuba? many come back to wondering. Why do Nobel Prizewinners want
to speak in Havana? Is it the ideal platform in these moments?
Perhaps it will be the appropriate site for judging the erratic
financial policy applied by the United States in recent years, think
In the middle of the blazing bonfire between both nations.
*Translated by Susana Hurlich