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October 18, 2010: After 50 years without formal diplomatic relations and no end to the last vestiges of the Cold War in sight, marine scientists and conservationists have taken matters into their own hands to form the Trinational Initiative for Marine Science and Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico and Western Caribbean, a unique partnership of Cuba, Mexico and the United States that is working past political barriers to make a difference for the waters we share and forging new friendships along the way. The Trinational Initiative recently held its fourth meeting in Sarasota, Florida and after nearly a decade of the Administration denying visas, more than 20 Cubans received their visas and participated in the meeting. The Ocean Doctor leads the meeting and shares its successes.

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Advancing Collaboration between the United States and Cuba in Marine Science and Conservation

The Center for International Policy and Ocean Doctor present:

Advancing Collaboration between the United States and Cuba in Marine Science and Conservation

 May 8, 2014 1:00pm-3:00pm

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Butler Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036-2103

 Refreshments will be served

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On the morning of May 8th, Members of the U.S. Congress will meet with representatives of the Cuban Interests Section along with Cuban and American marine scientists in an unprecedented briefing with the goal of developing specific steps designed to elevate the level of collaboration in marine science and conservation between Cuba and the U.S.

Scientific research focused on the marine waters the two countries share has been one of the few areas of strong, consistent collaboration between the United States and Cuba despite the fact that the two countries have not had formal diplomatic relations over the past 50 years.

Please join us for a unique panel discussion to learn about the results of this landmark meeting and what it may mean for the future of marine science and international relations.

Invited Speakers/Panelists

Ambassador Jose R. Cabañas Rodríguez Ph.D.
Head of Mission, Cuban Interests Section (Washington, DC)

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (invited)
Chair, Senate Oceans Caucus

Dr. Wayne S. Smith
Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy (Washington, DC)

 Dr. David E. Guggenheim
President, Ocean Doctor (Washington, DC)

 Robert L. Muse
Muse and Associates (Washington, DC)

 Dr. Julio A. Baisre
Vicedirector, National Aquarium of Cuba/Acuario Nacional de Cuba (Havana, Cuba)

 Dr. Robert E. Hueter
Director, Center for Shark Research, Mote Marine Laboratory (Sarasota, Florida)

 Dr. Fabián Pina Amargos
Director, Center for Coastal Ecosystem Research/
Centro de Investigaciones Ecosistemas Costeras (Cayo Coco, Cuba)

 David A. Balton
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries
Bureau of Oceans & International Environmental & Scientific Affairs,
U.S. Department of State (Washington, DC)

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