Michael Bustamante is a doctoral student in the Department of History at Yale University. At the time of the interview, he was research associate for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., a position he held from 2006-2009. He collaborated on a number of policy reports and participated in fact-finding trips to Bolivia, Brazil, and Cuba. Bustamante received his BA from Yale University. In 2005, he was a visiting student researcher at the Institute of Cuban History in Havana, Cuba. He is also co-author of “Buena Vista Solidarity and the Axis of Aid: Cuban and Venezuelan Public Diplomacy,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, March 2008.