Raul Castro
Cuba: Hope and Change?    

Cuba: Hope and Change?    

There are a number of no-go zones in the world for Barack Obama these days. Damascus is enemy territory. Most of Iraq and Afghanistan are too dangerous. Pyongyang has never hosted a sitting U.S. president, and Kim Jong-Eun frankly prefers Americans with better jump...

read more
Cuba’s Coming Out Party

Cuba’s Coming Out Party

For the small island country of Cuba, the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama marked a kind of "coming out" party. Banned from the for-capitalists-only gatherings from the time they began in 1994, Cuba was not only invited to participate in the summit this year,...

read more
Carrots for Cuba, Sticks for North Korea

Carrots for Cuba, Sticks for North Korea

  Cuba and North Korea share a great deal in common. They are both led by dynastic rulers. They retain their nominal affiliation to revolutionary Communism. They suffer under U.S. embargoes that have been in place for decades. And although they registered...

read more
Obama Corrects a Historic Mistake on Cuba

Obama Corrects a Historic Mistake on Cuba

“Behave chivalrously; do it like a big guy, not like a shyster.” That was Henry Kissinger's recommendation to American diplomats engaged in negotiations with Cuba in 1975. And that was what President Barack Obama did on December 17, 2014. Seemingly out of the blue,...

read more
Is Cuba Lightening Up on Dissenters?

Is Cuba Lightening Up on Dissenters?

This commentary is a joint publication of the Washington Office on Latin America and Foreign Policy In Focus. Cubans have long been careful about what they say and where they say it. However, recent events suggest that Cubans might feel freer to speak out than they...

read more
Collapsism

Collapsism

When small children want something to go away, they close their eyes. Poof! The monster disappears. The spoonful of spinach vanishes. The spilled milk evaporates. Except that they don’t. U.S policymakers indulge in a similar variety of child’s play called collapsism....

read more
A Post-Castro Era Looms for Cuba

A Post-Castro Era Looms for Cuba

With a post-Castro Era looming on the horizon, the Obama administration should muster the political will to prepare the United States for February 2018, when neither Fidel nor Raul Castro will remain at the helm of the Cuban state.

read more
Alan Gross and the U.S. Pragmatism Deficit

Alan Gross and the U.S. Pragmatism Deficit

A pragmatic approach to foreign policy is by nature flexible, responsive to changes in the target country, clear in its interests and goals, and creative in its implementation. In short, it’s everything the Obama administration’s approach to Cuba isn’t. Just ask Alan Gross.

read more