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June 17, 2017

Human Rights
Trump Si, Castro No

Congratulations to President Trump for a serious (though not total) reversal of the terrible Obama policy toward Cuba. Why? Because the Obama policy was values-free, granting all sorts of advantag…

February 5, 2016

Cuba
Castro Mocks the American Outreach

The efforts of the Obama administration to ’normalize’ relations with Cuba have been mocked this past week. The U.S. Southern Command holds an annual regional security conference. For decades one of…

August 6, 2011

Obama and Castro

Fidel and Raul Castro have decided not to free the American hostage they now hold. Or, as the newspapers put it in legal language “Cuban court rejects appeal by U.S. contractor.” Alan Gross was a U…

November 26, 2016

Cuba
On the Death of Fidel Castro

On the death of Fidel Castro my thoughts today turned immediately to Huber Matos, who sadly did not live to see this day. Matos was a true hero of the Cuban Revolution--and was therefore imprisone…

January 19, 2018

Cuba
Tourists ride in a vintage car in Havana, Cuba. U.S.-Cuba Relations

The Trump administration has rolled back some of President Obama’s policies normalizing ties with Cuba.

December 27, 2017

United States
American obituaries Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

February 20, 2015

Cuba
The CODELs That Bowed to Castro

Recently I wrote here about how Secretary of State Kerry absorbed the shouting and screaming of the Iranian negotiator in the nuclear talks, apparently without any objection. But it seems Kerry is no…

November 9, 2017

Mexico
Putin and Peña Nieto Don't Let Mexico's Elections Become Putin's Next Target

If Russia wants to make life difficult for the U.S., Mexico's big vote next year offers rich opportunities.

March 6, 2015

Cuba
The Cuba Score: Obama 53, Castro 492

As part of the Obama administration’s deal with the Castro regime in Cuba, Castro agreed to release 53 prisoners. This was not quite the concession that it appeared to be, for some of the prisoners h…

October 27, 2017

Democratization
A woman carrying her child casts her vote during general elections in the district of Poroy in Cuzco, April 10, 2016. Public Perspectives Toward Democracy

I was recently featured on a panel with Katie Simmons and Ken Wollack, moderated by Bruce Stokes, that discussed global public opinion toward democracy amid the rise of populists and autocrats, and t…