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.
The president and Raúl Castro have very different visions for what Cuba could be.
Before listening to Barack Obama’s speech in Havana, I pulled outRonald Reagan’s at Moscow State University from May 1988. It’s an instructive comparison: very similar speeches, very different politicians.
West Africa’s medical system was brought within an inch of its life by a devastating epidemic. But Cuba could nurse it back to health.
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.