UF Event: THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA: The Secret History Behind the Historic OBAMA-CASTRO Rapprochement with Dr. Peter Kornbluh Senior Analyst National Security Archive Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 4:30pm Judaica Suite, Smathers Library East, 2nd Floor

THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA: The Secret History Behind the Historic OBAMA-CASTRO Rapprochement
Dr. Peter Kornbluh
Senior Analyst
National Security Archive
Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 4:30pm
Judaica Suite, Smathers Library East, 2nd Floor
This event is sponsored by the Department of History, Department of Political Science and UF’s International Center as part of the Global Challenges Speaker Series, designed to expose to students to international challenges impacting our communities and communities worldwide.
Bio: Peter Kornbluh is Senior Analyst at the National Security Archive where he has worked since April 1986. He currently directs the Archive’s Cuba Documentation Project. He was co-director of the Iran-contra documentation project and director of the Archive’s project on U.S. policy toward Nicaragua. From 1990-1999, he taught at Columbia University, as an adjunct assistant professor of international and public affairs.
His most recent book (with William LeoGrande) is Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana (UNC Press, 2014), which Foreign Affairs named a “best book” of 2014. He is the author/editor/co-editor of a number of Archive books: the Archive’s first two documents readers: The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 and The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History, both published by the New Press, and Bay of Pigs Declassified: The Secret CIA Report on the Invasion of Cuba (The New Press, 1998). On the 30th anniversary of the Chilean military coup in September 2003 he published The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability, which the Los Angeles Times selected as a “best book” of the year. The Pinochet File has been translated into Spanish and published in Barcelona as Pinochet: Los Archivos Secretos. A smaller book on the United States and the overthrow of the government of Salvador Allende has been published in Chile under the title: Los EEUU y el Derrocamiento de Allende.
His articles have been published in Foreign Policy, The New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington PostLos Angeles Times, and many other journals and newspapers. He has appeared on national television and radio broadcasts, among them “60 Minutes,”  MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,”  “The Charlie Rose show,” “Nightline,” CNN, All Things Considered, and “FreshAir” with Terri Gross. He has also worked on, and appeared in, numerous documentary films, including the Oscar winning “Panama Deception,” the History Channel’s “Bay of Pigs Declassified,” and “The Trials of Henry Kissinger.” In November 2003, he served as producing consultant on the Discovery Times documentary, “Kennedy and Castro: The Secret History,” which was based on his article in Cigar Aficionado, “Kennedy and Castro: The Secret Quest for Accommodation.” He also served as the historical consultant for Robert De Niro’s movie “The Good Shepherd,” and worked with Benicio del Toro and Steven Soderbergh’s on their bio pic on Che Guevara.
Graduate Student Lunch w/Dr. Peter Kornbluh, Senior Analyst, National Security Archive
Monday, March 9th, 12:30-2pm
Keene-Flint Conference Room 005
In addition to his afternoon talk, Dr. Kornbluh will join interested graduate students earlier in the day for an informal lunch conversation. Specifically, he will share more on his career path, one which falls between academic, think tank and policy worlds. Food and drinks provided! Please join us for this professional learning opportunity.