April 2018
This week, Cuba begins an important transition. On April 19, 2018, Rau?l Castro steps down as head of state. An as-yet unnamed suc- cessor elected by Cuba’s National Assembly—presumably First Vice President Miguel Di?az-Canel—will take his place. We do not know whether Rau?l Castro will remain a member of the Council of State (the highest executive branch of the government, over which the President presides). He will continue as First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party through 2021, separating leadership of government administra- tion and the Party bureaucracy for the first time. But, however partial, Castro’s retirement portends the ultimate passing of the Revolution’s “founding generation” from power. Rumors that he is planning to move to Santiago de Cuba, far from the seat of national government in Havana, suggest, at the very least, a symbolic break.
March 2018
Cuba has changed considerably in these last ten years of economic reforms, though not enough. Family income, tourist services, food production, restaurants, and transportation depend less on the state and much more on private initiative. The real estate market, sales of diverse consumer goods and services, and the supply of inputs for the private sector have all expanded, in formal and informal markets. Foreign investment stands out as a fundamental factor in Cuba’s development. The country has achieved important advances in the renegotiation of its external debts..
September 2017
As the Executive Branch prepares to issue regulations implementing the President’s National Security Memorandum on Cuba, the Cuba Study Group published a White Paper that assesses the projected impact of the Trump administration’s policy and makes recommendations about how to productively tailor its impact.
May 2017
The Cuba Study Group partnered with celebrated Cuban economist Dr. Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva, formerly a Professor of Economics and Researcher at the University of Havana’s Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy, to produce a White Paper analyzing the current status and future prospects of the Cuban economy. The document also discusses practical steps the Cuban government can take within the short term to improve its economy.
A White Paper analyzing the Cuban coffee sector’s export potential to the United States. The study provides a comprehensive overview of the Cuban coffee sector’s value chain, production capabilities, and structural weaknesses. It then describes efforts taken by four other coffee-exporting countries (Jamaica, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Ethiopia) to increase their coffee exports’ quality, global market share, and dissemination of profits and other benefits to farmers..
January 2017
The Cuba Study Group and 17 other organizations and individuals released a letter addressed to the incoming Trump administration. The document urges the president-elect to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of progress made in U.S.-Cuba relations, believing that such an analysis would confirm that constructive engagement is the best strategy for supporting the Cuban people and boosting U.S. jobs and exports..
February 2013

Restoring Executive Authority

February 20, 2013

A whitepaper released by the Cuba Study Group in February 2013 calling on the U.S. to de-codify the embargo and expand the free flow of resources and information to the Cuban people.
April 2011

Supporting Small Business in Cuba

April 7, 2011

Recommendations for Private and Public Sector Leaders

A whitepaper prepared by the Cuba Study Group in collaboration with Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International which was released in April of 2011."
July 2010

Empowering the Cuban People through Technology

July 16, 2010

Recommendation for Private and Public Sector Leaders

A whitepaper released by the Cuba Study Group in collaboration with the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas in July 2010. The report summarizes the conclusions of the Cuba IT and Social Media Initiative, a project launched by the Cuba Study Group in January 2010, which brought together over 50 IT and telecom experts to identify ways to empower the Cuban people through technology.
December 2008
A December 2008 white paper release by the Cuba Study Group advocating for the unilateral lifting of all restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba by U.S. nationals.
August 2007
A Cuba Study Group proposal for the creation of a Cuban Enterprise Fund to assist in the development of private small and medium size businesses in Cuba through equity investments, loans, technical assistance, training, and other forms of assistance.
September 2006
The Cuba Study Group's September 2006 White Paper outlining its initiative to unleash micro-economic reforms in Cuba and offer million in micro-credits to entrepreneurs in Cuba.
March 2006
A white paper prepared by the Cuba Study Group in March of 2006 which outlines a conditional engagement policy aimed at making change in Cuba more likely and substantive. The proposal conditions the reform of specific U.S. policies on substantive and permanent reforms by the Cuban regime which lead to greater freedoms and respect for human rights.
November 2005
A white paper prepared by the Cuba Study Group in November 2005 that outlines the benefits, fundamental principles, objectives and need for a multilateral policy approach toward Cuba and how to assess its effectiveness.