Washington D.C. - 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.

These include:

  • Continue core bilateral agreements pertaining to national security cooperation.

  • Appoint a career diplomatic professional as Ambassador to Cuba.

  • Continue welcoming Cuban visitors to the United States for people-to-people


  • Define the ban on “engagement with the Cuban military” in transparent, clearly

    delimited terms to avoid regulatory ambiguity and needlessly petty effects.

  • Exclude common citizens from the newly expanded list of “prohibited officials of

    the Cuban government” barred from receiving remittances.

  • Honor and do not create obstacles for existing U.S.-Cuba commercial agreements.

  • Propose to Canada and Cuba the creation of a joint investigation into recently

    revealed incidents regarding U.S. and Canadian diplomats on Cuban soil.

  • Do not dedicate excess resources to Cuba sanctions enforcement.

  • Explore options to assist the Cuban people in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The White Paper provides a historical overview of U.S.-Cuba relations; delineates the gains from engagement; debunks objections to rapprochement; describes President Trump’s policy pivot; makes recommendations for how government agencies should write their forthcoming regulations; and envisions how the 2018 political transition in Cuba could affect policy. 

Recent Articles

Date Title
9/28/17 U.S. plans major withdrawal of staff from embassy in Cuba
Steve Dorsey and Kylie Atwood, CBS News
9/28/17 Clueless on Cuba’s economy
The Economist
9/27/17 Cuba warns U.S. against hasty decisions in mysterious illness in diplomats
Sarah Marsh and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters
9/27/17 Trump’s effort to roll back ‘misguided’ Cuba policy stalls
James Rosen, Fox News
9/24/17 Current Record
9/24/17 US diplomats, families in Cuba targeted nearly 50 times by sonic attacks, says US official
Patrick Oppmann and Elise Labott, CNN
9/24/17 How Cuba and Puerto Rico responded to their hurricanes
Will Grant, BBC
9/24/17 Cuba sets up hurricane relief bank account. U.S. citizens should be wary of contributing
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
9/21/17 Hurricane Irma highlights the problem of Havana’s crumbling homes
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
9/20/17 Cuba and the Hurricanes of the Caribbean
Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker
9/20/17 U.S.-Cuba commission meets for first time during Trump administration
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
9/19/17 Cuba delays municipal elections due to Irma devastation
9/19/17 Trump threatens Venezuela and puts Cuba on notice
Franco Ordoñez, Miami Herald
9/19/17 Risen Energy won the bidding for assisting Cuba in the construction of a 3.9 MW solar PV station
9/19/17 Cuba Embassy ‘Attacks’ Baffle U.S., Frustrate Victim
Tracy Connor, Mary Murray, and Abigail Williams, NBC News
9/18/17 Our Men and Women in Havana
William M. LeoGrande, Huff Post
9/18/17 US warns would-be Cuba travelers: Consider the risks following Hurricane Irma
Carol Rosenburg, Miami Herald
9/18/17 US to press concerns over incidents in meeting with Cubans
Josh Lederman, ABC News
9/17/17 In Cuba, many Hurricane Irma victims are asking themselves, where is the government?
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
9/17/17 U.S. considering closing its embassy in Cuba
Carol Morello, Washington Post
9/17/17 Thinking about sending hurricane relief to Cuba? It’s complicated
Mimi Whitefield and ora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
9/17/17 Hurricane Irma Special Appeal
Friends of Caritas Cubana
9/7/17 Hurricane warnings in effect for Cuba’s north central coast
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
9/6/17 Hurricane Irma could rake Cuba’s northern coast by Friday
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
9/4/17 Cuba begins 5-month political transition
Andrea Rodríguez, ABC News
9/4/17 JetBlue is open for business in Cuba with two Havana ticket offices
Chabeli Herrera and Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald