U.S.-Cuban relations have been virtually nonexistent since 1961, when the United States assumed a two-pronged policy of economic embargo and diplomatic isolation. Now that Fidel has transferred power to his younger brother, Raul, some experts think the United States should reconsider its policy toward Cuba. Philip Peters of the Lexington Institute and Dennis Hays, the State Department's former Coordinator for Cuban Affairs, debate how the United States should engage with a post-Castro Cuba.
As the United States works to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, farmers in the South may benefit most, writes CFR's Jennifer M. Harris.
Follow President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro's near simultaneous announcements to recast U.S.-Cuba relations, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on potential changes that may occur in the next five to ten years.
By opening the door to diplomacy, the Obama administration is betting that greater interaction with Cuba can accomplish what political and economic isolation could not, writes CFR’s Richard N. Haass.
Elliott Abrams argues in The Weekly Standard that President Obama’s actions on Cuba today constitute the triumph of ideology over American national interest. Moreover, he writes, reversing a policy of a half-century’s standing in exchange for nothing—no human rights changes in Cuba at all—cannot be reassuring to countries that depend on American policy reliability.
Charles Berger discusses the potential effectiveness of establishing a rehabilitation center in Yemen to handle repatriating Yemeni detainees still being held in Guantánamo Bay.
Following the release of new polling data, indicating a majority of Americans are for improving relations with Cuba, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on the role of pragmatism in U.S. politics and on U.S.-Cuba relations.
As Cuba hosts the 2014 CELAC summit, Julia Sweig reflects on Cuba's economic opening and on the present and future of U.S.-Cuban relations.
In the wake of the preliminary accord reached with Iran, Julia Sweig proposes that the Obama administration pursue a diplomatic resolution to another vexing element of U.S. foreign affairs: the relationship with Cuba.
Julia Sweig shares her impressions regarding ongoing and future political, economic, and social changes in Cuba.
Julia E. Sweig argues that the post-Castro era was ushered in by Raul Castro's implementation of new reforms on the island.
Julia E. Sweig analyzes the significance of the first-ever Communist Party Conference in Cuba.
Julia E. Sweig discusses Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's upcoming visit to Cuba.
Elliott Abrams discusses the Castro regime's prisoner release, in which USAID contractor Alan Gross was not included.
Captain Melissa Bert, USCG, argues that as Cuba moves ahead with plans for a mobile offshore drilling unit, the United States must incorporate Cuba in emergency response coordination and joint operations, work through sanctions hurdles, and properly fund a response to a potential disaster.
Peter Kornbluh and Julia E. Sweig say that the case against Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles has produced unprecedented cooperation between the Cuban and U.S. governments.
Julia Sweig says a "radical new phase" in Cuban history is unfolding in plain sight, but Washington does not seem to notice.
Julia E. Sweig argues that the costs of maintaining the base at Guantanamo Bay outweigh the benefits.
Richard N. Haass writes on the American policy of isolating Cuba: "Things are changing in Cuba, however slowly. The United States should be a part of shaping their direction."
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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