Rafael Hernández is the editor of Temas, the leading Cuban magazine in the social sciences and the humanities, which is renowned for its contribution to intellectual controversy on the island. He is a senior research fellow at the Centro de Investigación de la Cultura Cubana Juan Marinello in Havana and is the author or editor of several books, including Cuba and the Caribbean and United States-Cuban Relations in the Nineties. His publications include several books and essays on Cuban and U.S. policies, inter-American relations, international security, migration, Cuban culture, civil society and politics. He was founding editor of Cuadernos de Nuestra América, the journal published by the Centro de Estudios sobre América, and coordinator of the Cuban exchange program with LASA (Latin American Studies Association). His most recent books are Looking at Cuba: Essays on Culture and Civil Society (Critics National Award, 2001), The Other War: Studies on Strategy and International Security (2000), The History of Havana (2006) and Shall We Play Ball? Debating U.S.-Cuban Relations (2011).