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Barbara Paulsen

of National Geographic Magazine

Barbara Paulsen, story development editor at National Geographic, focuses on the connection between geography and society. She develops and edits stories on sustainable agriculture, women and development, indigenous cultures, and geopolitics.

Does Exit Visa Waiver Change Anything for Cubans?

In January the Cuban government will lift its unpopular requirement that citizens must get exit visas before being allowed to leave the country.

National Geographic editor Barbara Paulsen interviewed contributing writer Cynthia Gorney about the proposed change. Gorney recently spent three months in Cuba reporting for the magazine on how the new rules opening up the country’s economy are playing out in everyday life. Her article, “Cuba’s New Now,” is the cover story of the November issue.