The meeting was moderated by Ambassador José Alfredo Graça Lima, Councilor of CEBRI. To access the video of the conference click here.
CEBRI is the reference think tank in international relations in Brazil.
Manuel Cuesta Morúa (Havana, 1962) graduated in History from the University of Havana in 1986. Between 1986 and 1991 he worked in several official institutions. From 1988 to 1991 he worked at "Casa de África" of the Museum of the Historian in Old Havana, where he got expelled in 1991 for his political ideas. That same year he joined the Social Democratic Cuban Socialist Movement, an alternative to the regime. In 2002 he founded the Progressive Arc. He has suffered numerous arrests and acts of repudiation throughout his political life and as a defender of human rights. At the end of January 2014, he was detained for attempting to organize the II Alternative Forum for the Summit of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Havana and was later released with a precautionary measure that prevented him from leaving the country for ten months. He has written numerous essays and published in several Cuban and foreign magazines. A selection of his texts was gathered in the book Ensayos progresistas desde Cuba (CADAL, 2015). In December 2016, he won the Ion Ratiu Prize, by the Woodrow Wilson Center.