Observers of Cuba speculate that Raul Castro wants a liberalized, China-style economy for his hermetic island. But so far, scant evidence exists to back that analysis.
Caleb McCarry, Cuba transition coordinator at the U.S. State Department, discusses U.S. policy toward Cuba and U.S. government support for a democratic transition in Cuba.
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.
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A large delegation of U.S. lawmakers travels to Cuba, and sees little sign of change since Fidel Castro ceded power to his brother, Raul.
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Fidel Castro’s July decision to temporarily turn over the reins of power to his brother Raul increasingly looks permanent. Many wonder what changes, if any, to expect from Raul—or from U.S. policymakers.
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.
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.
This report is one of a series of briefings on the identity and background of the detainees held by the United States at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
After Fidel Castro transferred power to his younger brother, Raul, in early August, analysts have been watching Cuba closely and speculating about a post-Castro Cuba. But little has changed under Raul, and attention has shifted to the roles of Venezuela and the United States as both seek to influence Cuba’s future.
Brian Latell, who for many years was the CIA’s top Cuban and Latin American analyst, says if Fidel Castro is unable to recover from his ailments his successors are likely to be more willing to experiment with economic reforms. He also recommends the Bush administration establish formal contacts with the Cuban military.
CFR Senior Fellow Julia Sweig discusses the future of U.S.-Cuba relations in the light of Fidel Castro’s recent illness and handover of power to Raul Castro.
Julia E. Sweig, CFR senior fellow and author of Inside the Cuban Revolution, talks about Fidel Castro's decision to temporarily cede power and what it means for Cuba and its relations with the United States.
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Fidel Castro's government says the Cuban leader has ceded power temporarily to his younger brother Raul to allow the revolutionary icon to recover from gastro-intestinal surgery. It marks the first time since 1959 power has been exercised by anyone but the "maximum leader," piquing the interest of analysts abroad.
With an aging Fidel Castro possibly preparing to step down soon, U.S. officials reaffirm a plan to spur democracy in Cuba. But the initiative stirs concern that attempts to disrupt the Cuban political transition could backfire on the United States.
Cuba's retention on the terrorism list has received more attention in recent years
in light of increased support for legislative initiatives to lift some U.S. sanctions
under the current economic embargo
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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