US News and World Report has published an interview with Brian Latell, author of “After fidel”:
Who is Raúl Castro, and how likely is it that he will retain the reins of power if Fidel abdicates or dies?
As I show in After Fidel, the first biography ever written about Raúl Castro, he lacks many of Fidel’s leadership qualities. He doesn’t do speeches very well, doesn’t like to give speeches, doesn’t have the same kind of direct contact with the Cuban people that Fidel has always had. He is not an intellectual like Fidel. He likes to stay in the background. But he has many other qualities that compensate. He is very, very smart, and he is powerful. He is the regime’s best organizer, an experienced manager and organization man. He will run Cuba very differently, with a more collective leadership, sharing responsibilities–and titles–with other civilian and military officials. He won’t be the constant center of attention, the single source of authority that Fidel has been all these years.