The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) seeks to continue, consolidate, and extend its program of scientific and scholarly exchanges with Cuba. The Cuba Studies Program departs from two basic premises. First, restoring and enhancing cooperation between the U.S. and Cuban academic communities can play a significant role in promoting peaceful changes within and between our two countries. Second, strengthening and establishing institutional ties promotes interaction and collaboration among current and future intellectual and opinion leaders and thus catalyzes positive changes in Cuban and U.S. perspectives and government policies. The views of leading scholars not only have an indirect impact through their influence on US public opinion, but also have a direct impact on their respective government's policies in their areas of expertise.
Since its inception in 1999, the Center's Cuba Studies Program has evolved into one of the most extensive and diverse ventures of its kind. Unlike any other program in the United States, the program caters to scholars from areas across the wide spectrum of academic fields, namely the social sciences, environment, education, public health/medical sciences, humanities, library exchange and urban planning. DRCLAS aims to continue its efforts to foster the development, dissemination and analysis of Cuba-related research throughout Harvard and the U.S.