Nose-to-Nose with Fidel Castro
When Fidel Castro first publically met Ambassador Vicki Huddleston in 1991, in an attempt to embarrass her, he asked if she was someone’s wife. After introducing herself as the Department Director of Cuban Affairs, he responded, “Oh! I thought I was!”
This theatrical display laid the foundation for U.S.-Cuba diplomatic discourse: one of the tensest relationships in the world and a daunting challenge for the then-junior officer and first U.S. diplomat to officially negotiate with the Cuban regime.
Huddleston recounts her experiences in openly hostile Cuba in her book Our Woman in Havana. Join us for a discussion and book signing with Ambassador Vicki Huddleston and hear what it was like to go nose to nose with Fidel Castro, knowing that every action could yield immense consequences for Cuba and for the United States, and hear her assessment of current U.S. policy toward Cuba.