Shore Up Security at Sea

November 1, 2016

The United States has long waited for – and sometimes actively aspired to – regime change in Cuba. For nearly 60 years, the United States has opposed the Castro regime's misrule at home and support of communist insurgents and dictatorships abroad. Cuba's alliances with the now-defunct U.S.S.R., and more recently with Venezuela, added to the United States' distaste for the regime.

Over the last two years, the Obama administration has tried to reach out to Cuba. In a particularly striking action, on Wednesday the U.S. abstained from voting on a United Nations resolution condemning the U.S.'s own embargo against that nation. At the same time, the island has also shown signs of limited internal reforms. Political scientists and historians may debate to what extent these reforms stemmed from Cuba's dire economic state and the aging of its octogenarian leadership, and the extent to which U.S. efforts at reconciliation have contributed to the island's changing policies. Regardless, it appears that Cuba is beginning to change in ways that may enable it to become a more open and free society, which should be welcomed.

Recent Articles

Date Title
11/30/16 Cubans cheer Castro's ashes on last journey across island
Sarah Marsh and Diego Oré, Reuters
11/30/16 Who are the future leaders of communist Cuba?
Rick Jervis, USA Today
11/30/16 White House Pushing Cuba on Deals for GE, Google
Carol E. Lee and Felicia Schwartz
11/29/16 U.S. to send 2 representatives to Castro’s memorial
Patricia Mazzei and Vera Bergengruen
11/29/16 Threatening Cuba Will Backfire
The Editorial Board, The New York Times
11/29/16 After an artist is detained in Cuba for celebrating Castro’s death, little hope for change
Chabeli Herrera, Miami Herald
11/29/16 Leaders arrive in Cuba for Castro tributes
World Editors, USA Today
11/28/16 CUBA stock fund surges after Fidel Castro's death
Paul R. La Monica, CNN Money
11/28/16 Trump threatens to terminate US-Cuba thaw
11/28/16 It’s another milestone with flight from Miami to Havana
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
11/28/16 US companies positioning for Cuba's rising fortunes after Fidel Castro
Heesun Wee, CNBC
11/27/16 Fidel Castro's death could ensure Obama's opening to Cuba survives
Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
11/27/16 Fidel Castro death: Cuban dissidents call off weekly march
11/27/16 Cuba after Castro: How much change, and how quickly?
Carmen Sesin, CNBC
11/26/16 Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90
11/26/16 Statement by the Cuba Study Group Following News of the Death of Fidel Castro Files
11/22/16 How Cuba came of age on early childhood development – podcast transcript
Kary Stewart, The Guardian
11/20/16 Cuban human rights activist urges U.S. to suspend trade and investment in Cuba until regime stops oppression
Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News Latino
11/20/16 Another sign of change in Cuba: Delta Air Lines selling tickets from Havana office
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
11/20/16 U.S. businesses to pressure Trump to keep ties to Cuba
Alan Gómez, USA Today
11/17/16 Why professionals in Cuba have gone start-up crazy
Marguerite Ward, CNBC
11/16/16 Trudeau says Canada’s stance on Cuba won’t change with Trump in White House
The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
11/15/16 Business or Politics? Examining Donald Trump’s Record for Clues to Cuba Policy
Frances Robles, New York Times
11/15/16 The number of U.S. trademark registrations in Cuba is multiplying — fast
Abel Fernández, Miami Herald
11/13/16 What does a Trump presidency mean for US-Cuba relations?
Will Grant, BBC
11/13/16 A Trump attempt to reverse Obama’s Cuba policies could be complicated and costly
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
11/9/16 Canada's Trudeau to visit Cuba, 40 years after father's historic trip
Sarah Marsh, Reuters
11/9/16 Cuba announces military exercises following Trump's win
11/7/16 Cuban-focused oil company MEO Australia reinvents itself as Melbana Energy
Daniel J. Graeber, UPI
11/7/16 Richard Feinberg analyzes a Cuban economy in transition
Mimi Whitefield
11/6/16 Cuba Rejects Ballyhooed Plan For A U.S. Factory On The Island
Tim Padgett, WLRN
11/3/16 JetBlue launches Fort Lauderdale-to-Camaguey, Cuba route Thursday
Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel
11/3/16 Editorial: The Cuba conundrum: Engagement vs. embargo
Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune
11/2/16 How Cuba Plans to Speed Up Its Lagging Foreign Investment Drive
Reuters, Fortune
11/1/16 Current Record
11/1/16 Cuba opens to world at Havana trade fair but few U.S. companies are present
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herlad
11/1/16 The missing business boom for U.S. companies in Cuba
AP, CBS News
11/1/16 Cuba controversy over local and Indian wages
Will Grant, BBC