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2010.09.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Professor Inks New Book on Cuba-U.S. Energy Relationship

Omaha - A new book by a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) professor examines the future of Cuba’s short- and long-term energy sustainability and self-sufficiency.

Cuba’s Energy Future: Strategic Approaches to Cooperation by Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado provides an overview of the evolving relations among Caribbean states and explains why Cuba and the United States should look for ways to cooperate on developing energy resources.

Published earlier this year by Brookings Institution Press, Cuba’s Energy Future also features economic and technical appraisals, economic projections and trends affecting Cuba’s energy needs – including oil and natural gas potential, the country’s antiquated electric power sector, and the role of biofuels such as sugarcane ethanol.

“This book represents the first comprehensive look at the subject that tries to place it within the realm of how the development of oil in Cuba may also serve as a catalyst toward collaboration, and perhaps, an eventual normalization of relations between neighbors,” Benjamin-Alvarado said.

Benjamin-Alvarado is a professor in UNO’s Department of Political Science, and serves as assistant director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS). He also is a senior research associate of the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia.

Cuba’s Energy Future is Benjamin-Alvarado’s second book.

Additional contributors to Cuba’s Energy Future include: Juan A. B. Belt (Chemonics International, formerly USAID), Amy Myers Jaffe (Rice University), Jorge R. Piñón (Florida International University) and Ronald Soligo (Rice University).

Two events in Washington, D.C., are planned in October to discuss the book in greater detail.

• Friday, Oct. 8: More details TBD
• Friday, Oct. 22: 9 a.m. at the Brookings Institute, featuring a panel presentation with Benjamin-Alvarado and the book’s other contributors, with comments from Dan Whittle of the Environmental Defense Fund

For more information, visit www.brookings.edu/press or contact Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado: jalvarado@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-4859.

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