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Paolo Spadoni, PhD - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Paolo Spadoni, PhD

Associate Professor of Political Science | Augusta University


Dr. Paolo Spadoni is a widely recognized expert on Cuba and its international relations.



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Cuba Economic Reform: What Direction is the Country Taking? Paolo Spadoni's perspective on US-Cuba Relations Cuba & California: Panel 1 - Forecasting Cuban Economic Reforms




Spadoni is a tri-lingual political economist with a specialization in international relations and a focus on Latin America’s political and business environments. His research focuses on international relations theories, Cuba's economy and business market, foreign investment in Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations. Spadoni also has a solid background in comparative politics, Cuba-European Union relationship and foreign investment in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. He has extensive traveling experience throughout Latin America including countries such as Cuba, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil.

Areas of Expertise (5)


U.S.-Cuba Relations

Latin America

International Relations

Costa Rica

Media Appearances (9)

New Cuba reform allows farmers to hire workers directly

Investing.com  online


Paolo Spadoni, the author of several books on the Cuban economy, said Cuba should on the contrary liberalize distribution, reduce the state quota for Cuban producers and give farmers freer rein to set their own prices...

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Cuba to legally recognize private firms in move bolstering market reforms

Reuters  online


"It remains to be seen whether these activities will be allowed," said Paolo Spadoni, a Cuba expert in the department of political science at Augusta University in the U.S. state of Georgia...

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'A Series of Razors Waiting to Cut You': The High Cost of Doing Business in Cuba

Vice News  online


One analyst described the present time as a "rare opportunity" for US businesses to get into Cuba. Another called Cuba the "greatest investment opportunity of the 21st century." But there's also danger. Any entrepreneur entering Cuba "will want to be overly cautious right now," says Paolo Spadoni, a professor of political science at Augusta University and author of the book Cuba's Socialist Economy Today: Navigating Challenges and Change. "Even inviting your [business] partner to a restaurant, this kind of activity will be way more scrutinized than it was before."

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In Cuba, racial inequality deepens with tourism boom

Reuters  online


"Afro-Cubans have been the biggest reservoir of support for the revolution and are those most affected by worsening inequality," Paolo Spadoni, a political scientist at Augusta University in the United States told the Thomson Reuters Foundation...

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Economica cubana y los costos del crecimiento

Havana Times  online


Chovinismo aparte, parece que la economía cubana está a punto de convertirse en trending topic, si no lo es ya. “A veces se olvida que estamos en un mundo globalizado –comenta Paolo Spadoni, profesor de la Augusta University-, y pensamos que las compañías que invierten aquí son españolas, francesas, danesas… Si uno mira la composición de esas empresas verá capital norteamericano muy significativo”.

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As Fidel Castro and his Cuban revolution fade, is Cuba rising?

The Christian Science Monitor  online


Seismic changes in the communist economy built by Fidel Castro are enriching some Cubans, scaring others, and sparking imaginations: Will the Caribbean gem shine again?

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Cuban tourism industry flounders as sunseekers look elsewhere

Reuters  online


Cuba is struggling to reawaken its tourism industry after months of pandemic-induced slumber as travelers stay away, threatening to derail the government's plan to haul the economy out of a deepening crisis. The communist-run island, long a popular Caribbean destination, has been betting on tourism to power 4% economic growth this year after the coronavirus pandemic slashed output, resulting in food and medicine shortages and power outages, and contributing to the largest anti-government protests since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. News about the protests, the reaction, and economic woes were likely also putting off the return of tourists from outside the United States, said Paolo Spadoni, an expert on the Cuban economy at Augusta University in Georgia. That includes Canadian and Latin American travelers, previously both frequent visitors to the island, he said. "All those negative headlines didn't help Cuba attract a greater number of tourists," he said.

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Russians disappear from Cuba beaches, casting doubt on tourism recovery

NBC News  online


When planeloads of Russian tourists left Cuba this week, their vacations interrupted by war in Ukraine, it marked a sad day in the resort town of Varadero, a visible sign the conflict will rattle the island nation’s fragile economy. Varadero, a finger of white sand extending out into the blue Caribbean sea, has long been a magnet for Russians fleeing the northern winter. In 2021, with much of the world hunkered down amid the coronavirus pandemic, visitors from Russia soared to 40% of total arrivals in Cuba, according to government figures.

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No Fuel? No Problem: Tourists in Cuba Brave Worsening Shortages

US News and World Report  print


British birdwatcher Harriet Babeo arrived at Cuba's Bay of Pigs earlier this week and promptly racked up 80 species for her list including the world's smallest hummingbird and the elusive red, white and blue Cuban trogon, rarities found only the island. Far more challenging, she told Reuters, was hunting down a few liters of gasoline for her group's rental car. "We've gone ... three days now, and (the service stations) have had nothing," Babeo said over breakfast, binoculars and bird book near at hand, at a private home-stay on Cuba's serene Bay of Pigs. Tourists like Babeo who spoke with Reuters often raved about their experience in Cuba, praising the country's hospitality, culture and weather. But increasingly, says Paolo Spadoni, an economist with Augusta University, visitors must confront the realities of Cuba's economic crisis - the worst in decades - an ominous headwind as the country struggles to breathe new life into its all-important tourism sector.

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Articles (3)

Dealing with the New Cuba

Ivey Business Journal

2015 Putting an end to decades of unproductive hostility, the Obama administration will move to fully restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease travel and commerce restrictions. This article explores some of the implications of this move...

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Will They Still Love Us Tomorrow? Canada-Cuba Business Relations and the End of the US Embargo

Thunderbird International Business Review

2012 This article looks at the business prospects for Canadian firms resulting from a gradual easing of US economic sanctions against Cuba...

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The truth about Cuba?

Canadian Foreign Policy Journal

2011 Canadian Cuba observers must strive to develop a balanced understanding of these competing narratives about Cuba and of the people who tell them...

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