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Wayne Smith is a senior fellow and director of the Cuba Project at the Center for International Policy. He is a visiting professor of Latin American Studies and director of the University of Havana exchange program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is a former senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. During his twenty-five years with the State Department (1957-82), Smith served as executive secretary of President Kennedy’s Latin American Task Force and chief of mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. In addition, he served in Argentina, Brazil and the Soviet Union.
Elizabeth Newhouse is a consultant on Cuba associated with CIP’s Cuba Project. She has served as an expert lecturer on Cuban history, politics, culture, and U.S.-Cuba relations on organized trips to the island. She was a member of the blue-ribbon 2002-2003 Cuba Advisory Group (established by the Center for National Policy), which advocated for lifting the travel ban to Cuba and negotiating an end to the embargo. She has accompanied numerous NGO groups to Cuba, including in 2006-2009 delegations from the World Security Institute’s Cuba Security Project. A fluent Spanish-speaker, Ms. Newhouse spent her childhood and early teenage years in Cuba.
For 30 years until April 2009, Ms. Newhouse worked at the National Geographic as an editor, writer, and publisher. For more than a decade she was Director of Travel Publishing, creating and developing a multipart program that published 35 titles a year on a wide range of topics. Her own book, Cuba (National Geographic, 1999), chronicling the island’s past and present, was noted by the Los Angeles Times for its “clarity of prose and scholarly command of Cuba’s history.”