The U.S. State Department's recent recommendation that U.S. President Barack Obama take Cuba off the list of state sponsors of international terrorism removes a major roadblock to the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana. If Obama acts on the recommendation on the eve of the Seventh Summit of the Americas convening in Panama this Friday, he will significantly strengthen Washington's diplomatic position in Latin America and create a positive atmosphere for his interactions with the hemisphere's other heads of state—including Cuban leader Raúl Castro.

To be sure, a decision to remove Cuba from the terrorist list will not end the domestic debate about whether Cuba belongs on the  list—or about Obama's broader opening to Cuba.  Congress has 45 days to review a president's determination before it goes into effect, and the Obama's conservative critics on the Hill will no doubt try to block Cuba's removal. They are not likely to succeed, however, since they would have to muster veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress. But they will use the opportunity to redouble their criticism of Obama's Cuba policy in particular and his foreign policy in general...



Recent Articles

Date Title
4/28/15 U.S. lawmakers seek to bar new travel to Cuba
Reuters
4/27/15 Cuba’s removal from terrorism list may prove more symbolic than business-friendly
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
4/27/15 Pope Francis will have unusual clout in Cuba
Andres Oppenheimer, The Miami Herald
4/27/15 Texans hoping to turn U.S.-Cuba thaw into cold cash
Alfredo Corchado, The Dallas Morning News
4/27/15 Awaiting Cuba's thriving tech industry to boom
James Barrood, The Star Ledger
4/24/15 Elections in Cuba: Fine, as long as we win
The Economist
4/24/15 Look inside Airbnb’s listings in Cuba
Carolyn Said, SF Gate
4/23/15 Republicans won’t challenge Cuba’s removal from terrorism list
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
4/23/15 Farm-state senators introduce bill to ease ag sales to Cuba
Naked Politics, The Miami Herald
4/23/15 Cuba’s Financial System: evolution and challenges given the expansion of the private sector Files
Jessica León Mundul, From the Island
4/22/15 Vatican Confirms Pope Will Stop in Cuba Stop En Route to US
AP
4/21/15 New York's Andrew Cuomo become 1st US governor to visit Cuba post-detente
AP
4/20/15 Cuomo leaving for Cuba on Monday in trade mission with reps from JetBlue, MasterCard, Pfizer, Chobani
Glenn Blain, NY Daily News
4/20/15 U.S. cancer institute, software firm reach deals in Cuba
Daniel Trotta, Reuters
4/20/15 Cuba slowly begins to rejoin the global financial system
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
4/20/15 Cuban opposition men concede defeat in local polls
BBC
4/20/15 These 5 Facts Explain the Economic Upsides of an Opened Cuba
Ian Bremmer, Time
4/17/15 No Cigar: Obama's Cuba Critics Are Dead Wrong
Ted Galen Carpenter, The National Interest
4/16/15 Top GOP, Democratic Consultants to Push Congress to End Cuba Embargo
Byron Tau, The Wall Street Journal
4/14/15 Spaniards keen to invest further in Cuba before US lifts trade embargo
Juan Jesus Aznarez, El Pais
4/14/15 Statement on Cuba’s Removal from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism Files
Cuba Study Group
4/13/15 After Historic Cuba Meeting, Obama Has Hurdle of Delivering
The Washington Post
4/10/15 US and Cuba just held the highest-level meeting in more than 50 years
Reuters, Business Insider
4/10/15 Obama, Castro shake hands as U.S., Cuba seek better ties
Matt Spetalnick and Dave Graham, Reuters
4/10/15 Removal of Cuba from Terrorism List Will Result in Modest Easing of Trade Sanctions Files
Stephen Propst, Hogan Lovells LLP
4/10/15 Current Record
4/9/15 U.S. business leader optimistic on lifting Cuban embargo
Daniel Trotta, Reuters
4/9/15 Obama set to test engagement doctrine with Cuba in Panama
Kevin Liptak, CNN
4/9/15 How secret poll in Cuba was done
Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald
4/9/15 Amid Cuba thaw, Americans flock to 'forbidden island'
AFP
4/8/15 Uncle Sam Just Wants to Make Friends
Christopher Sabatini, Foreign Policy
4/8/15 State Dept. recommends removing Cuba from terrorism list
Elise Labott, CNN
4/8/15 Cubans Eager for More Clarity on Doing Business With U.S.
Randal Archibold, The New York Times
4/8/15 Poll shows vast majority of Cubans welcome closer ties with U.S. Files
Joshua Partlow and Peyton M. Craighill, The Washington Post
4/8/15 Lengthy to-do list for US, Cuba to re-establish full diplomatic ties
AFP
4/7/15 Cuba says United States will not receive special benefits
The Washington Post
4/7/15 U.S. Sec. of State Kerry to Meet With Cuban Counterpart at Summit
NBC News
4/7/15 Coding for a More Open Cuba
Kejal Vyas, The Wall Street Journal
4/7/15 Obama says would move fast to take Cuba off terrorism sponsor list
Reuters
4/7/15 Two Cubans struggle to win election as opposition candidates
Daniel Trotta, Reuters
4/6/15 Cuba-US Warming Held Up by Listing of Cuba as Terror Sponsor
Newsmax
4/6/15 Cuban dissident briefly detained in Panama ahead of Summit
Andrew V. Pestano, UPI
4/6/15 Is Cuba ready for the business boom?
Georgia Birch, Telegraph
4/5/15 Cuba's Fidel Castro makes rare appearance after 14 months
BBC
4/1/15 This Is What It’s Like Using the Internet in Cuba
AP
4/1/15 Cuba delegate reports 'civilized' talks on rights with US
AP
4/1/15 Poll of Cuban-Americans shows support for new Cuba policies growing
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
4/1/15 Cuba: Foreign Investment and Salaries Files
Julio A. Diaz Vazquez, From the Island