Our Opinions

November 2013
When Cuban President Raúl Castro first announced in 2008 that his government would begin to "update" the country's economic model, most observers were understandably skeptical of both his intentions and his ability to implement much-needed reforms. Yet, five years later the trend is clear: Cuba is shifting away from a centrally planned command economy toward a 21st century mixed market economic system.
Reconciliation is a word still met with skepticism by Cubans in both the island and diaspora. Our political divisions follow deep grooves long carved into our national narrative, making it difficult for one side to recognize the merits or grievances of the other.
October 2013
2014 could be a real tipping point in U.S.–Cuba relations, but only if both sides seize the moment. That, unfortunately, would be the biggest surprise of all.
July 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – As anyone familiar with Cuba knows, the nation remains an anomaly in the Western Hemisphere. While some Latin American nations have questionable democratic practices, Cuba remains the only country in the region that does not hold elections, a litmus test for democracy.
June 2013
It speaks volumes about the dismal state of U.S.-Cuba relations when, nearly a quarter century after the end of the Cold War, talks on the resumption of postal service is considered 'progress.' Yet the tone of June talks on precisely this issue was described as a 'sea change' by U.S. officials and appears to have laid groundwork for further discussions on more complicated issues.
My goal today is to explain the political context in which Cuba’s continued designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism has taken place: First, political pressure exerted on the Administration by defenders of the status-quo in U.S. policy toward Cuba, secondly, how this designation fits within this Administration’s on-going review of Cuba policy and finally, what implications it has for civil society in Cuba.
April 2013
Yoani Sánchez’ visit to Miami left a dramatic and permanent imprint on our exile community. Notwithstanding her positions on the embargo, travel and reconciliation, she brought us together in ways that no one had been able to do before. Expressions of dissent were almost imperceptible, even in the most hard-core corners of exile radicalism.
Shortly after Cuban blogger and pro-democracy advocate Yoani Sánchez visited the White House last week, she was asked by a TV Martí reporter whether she supported an unconditional lifting of the Cuban embargo.
January 2013
As the Senate prepares to question Hagel on his position on Cuba, it should be aware of an incredible irony: Hagel has been accused of being “soft on Castro” for espousing views that are almost entirely in sync with those of the Island’s leading pro-democracy advocates.
This week marks six months since the death of Cuban pro-democracy leaders Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero in Cuba. It also marks the 33rd birthday of Harold.
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