Interregional cooperation
and global integration

The project's third thematic cluster uses a Cuban and EU interdisciplinary perspective to address, firstly, the international, regional and interregional structure (economic, political, social) and secondly the external actors (United States, China, Russia, Brazil, Venezuela, the Caribbean and CELAC) that condition and influence EU-Cuba relations. The research team therefore analyses Cuba's international position and the foreign policy strategies that shape relations with the EU, including strategic alliances with special partners. Cuba and the EU share a range of global challenges, including addressing the economic and social costs of globalisation, harmonising and adapting to international standards, and achieving new advances in global governance (development, climate change, etc.). The United States' return under the Trump administration to the traditional policy of hostility to and sanctions against Cuba reinforces the importance of partnership with the EU, but also asks new questions of the transatlantic cooperation agenda.

This broad view of Cuba's regional and international integration will conclude with a prospective analysis of bilateral and interregional relations with the EU and its member states. Traditional and new sectors and the forums for dialogue in EU-Cuba cooperation following the PDCA will also be explored by the network, which will prepare a comparative and prospective analysis of Cuba's relations with certain EU member states (Spain, France, Germany and eastern European countries). This will be carried out by an interdisciplinary team of Cuban and European researchers and will reflect the opinions of both parties on the external and internal factors and the drivers of relations. The papers will be coordinated by CIPI and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, with the participation of: the University of Havana, CIDOB, GIGA, IHEAL, the University of Warsaw and the University of Alicante.