Richard Lugar, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, directed committee staff member for Latin America, Carl Meacham, to "evaluate U.S. policy towards Cuba". During the trip to Cuba, staff met with government officials, clergy, diplomats, business people, international press, and Cuban citizens.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain gave this speech in Miami, Florida on May 20, 2008.
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The Helms-Burton Act of 1996 is a federal law that extended and intensified the U.S.' embargo against Cuba. It was passed on March 12, 1996.
Having contained Cuban support for revolution in Latin America and perceiving signs of strong stirrings of a new civil society in Cuba, the United States should take steps to “contribute to rapid, peaceful, democratic transition in Cuba while safeguarding the vital interests of the United States.” This policy conclusion and a set of specific actions were recommended by an independent Task Force made up of both liberals and conservatives and chaired by Bernard W. Aronson and William D. Rogers.
CFR Director of Latin America Studies Julia Sweig discusses historic changes to the relationship between the United States and Cuba.
Following a recent trip to Cuba, Julia Sweig, Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent for The Atlantic Magazine, address questions from listeners.
Cuba experts Carlos A. Saladrigas and Julia E. Sweig discuss U.S.-Cuba relations and the potential for change in the near future.
This CFR conference call with speakers Daniel B. Prieto and Matthew C. Waxman and presider Robert McMahon discusses the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp.
The panelists discuss what the resignation of Fidel Castro means for Cuba and the future for U.S.-Cuba relations.
Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) and Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) discuss U.S. Cuba policy in light of their recent trip to the country.
CFR Senior Fellow Julia E. Sweig debunks the conventional wisdom on what is going to happen in Cuba after Fidel Castro dies. She also discusses the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.