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VOICE It’s More Than Cigars and Rum: Why Cuba Matters

July 26, 2017

The fraught strategic relationship of the United States with Cuba — which was then a Spanish colony — began on Feb. 15, 1898, when the USS Maine, an aging, undersized battleship, mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor. The Hearst newspaper chain, in what we would think of tod... Read More
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Treasury says more travel could be affected by Trump’s new Cuba policy

July 26, 2017

As the Trump administration continues to work on rules to implement its new Cuba policy, Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control issued clarifications Tuesday on the U.S. interim policy. Read More
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Tourism lifts Cuban economy but overall outlook is cloudy

July 24, 2017

Cuba’s historic cities, vibrant culture and sandy beaches were the star performers of the economy in the first half of the year, pulling in 23.2 percent more visitors than the first six months of 2016. Read More
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New White House communications director has traveled to Cuba to scout investment opportuni...

July 23, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, has traveled to Cuba several times to explore the possibility of doing business on the island. Read More
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U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties: What a difference two years and a new president makes

July 20, 2017

As the clock ticked past midnight two years ago, the United States and Cuba officially reestablished diplomatic relations and later in the day that July 20, diplomatic missions in Washington and Havana once again became embassies. Read More
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State Department drops Cuba entirely from annual detail of terrorist activity

July 19, 2017

After spending 33 years designated a state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. government, Cuba no longer has any activity that even merits its own report in the State Department’s annual review of terrorist threats around the world. Read More
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The Reconciliation Project

The Reconciliation Project seeks to provide Cubans everywhere with information regarding processes of reconciliation from around the world and to create a safe space of respectful dialogue that helps advance the goal of the reunification of the Cuban nation. Read More
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Cuba Small Business Initiative

The goal of the Cuba Small Business Initiative is to identify ways to empower Cubans on the island with the resources and information to start and operate small businesses in Cuba.

Objective 1: To identify resources, technology and information that could be employed today to empower Cuban entrepreneurs on the island... Read More
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Cuba IT & Social Media Initiative

The power of Internet technology and social media to fuel economic growth, enhance communication and expand educational opportunities is, without doubt, one of the legacies of the last quarter century. However, while Internet technology and social media have helped increase communication and grow the economies of developed nations and some emerging nations, others have fallen behind and into an ever-expanding technology gap. If access to basic healthcare and education were the determining factors for development in the past, access to technology may very well be the determining factor for this generation. Read More
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The Cuban Enterprise Fund

The Cuban Enterprise Fund is modeled after the successful enterprise funds created by the Support for Eastern European Democracy Act of 1989, following the fall of the Berlin wall. Its purpose, like that of previous funds, is to assist in the development of private enterprise by providing equity investments, loans, technical assistance, training, and other forms of assistance to truly independent businesses within host nations. Read More
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Unleashing Micro-Economic Reforms in Cuba: Investing in Cubans

This Cuba Study Group sponsored project is aimed towards assisting Cubans on the island by providing them with the know-how, the resources and the conditions to setup and operate their own small businesses as soon as Cuban law permits. Read More
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Consenso Cubano

In April of 2005, the Cuba Study Group joined over 20 other organizations in a project aimed at uniting the Cuban diaspora along a series of basic principles. The result of this effort is Consenso Cubano, a plural gathering space for refection, conciliation and concord among Cuban organizations. The Pilares para un Consenco Cubano, a series of fundamental areas of agreement among member organizations, constitutes the foundation and framework of reference for Consenso Cubano. The Cuba Study Group is a founding member of Conseso Cubano. Read More
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Defending the Rights of Cuban Workers

In April of 2005, the Cuba Study Group joined over 30 organizations from 7 different countries at the first Annual Conference of the International Group for Social Corporate Responsibility in Madrid, Spain. At that conference the 35 organizations that were represented, including independent labor unions and non-profit organizations from around the world, unanimously approved a resolution condemning the Cuban regime's systematic violation of internationally recognized labor standards and agreed to form the International Group for Social Corporate Responsibility in Cuba. Read More
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The Current State and Future Prospects of the Cuban Economy

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 cu...
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Memo to President Trump and His Incoming Administration. U.S. Policy Toward Cuba: The Case...

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 anal...
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Cuba's Coffee Sector and Its Export Potential to the United States

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 f...
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Restoring Executive Authority

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. ...
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Supporting Small Business in Cuba

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."
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Empowering the Cuban People through Technology

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 pr...
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Issue #12: Toward a new social and political model for Cuba

Cuba needs to recreate itself, that is, it must create a new socio-political-economic-cultural-legal model. To do so will require the chiseling of existing institutions and the creation of new ones. It is also essential to promote spirituality and a culture of values and res...
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Issue #11: Cuba Does Have Ideas, Projects and Actors for its Future

Fear of change is always paralyzing. One of those fears is the alleged lack of projects and actors for the transition process and for the future of Cuba. Often, authorities and international observers interested in maintaining the status quo in Cuba, argue that changes are n...
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Issue #10: The Catholic Church and Nationalism: The challenges from Pope Benedict XVI visi...

There are two anecdotes, both symbolic, that marked the year of 1981 when the Holy See decided to promote Monsignor Jaime Ortega, bishop of Pinar del Rio, to Archbishop of Habana.
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Issue #9: Cuban agriculture and the current economic transformation process

The Cuban economy has begun an interesting and important process of economic transformation, which has been identified as: the "Updating of the economic model."
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Issue #8: With pain and without glory

The First Conference of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), was held on January 28th and 29th. It would be difficult to find in the national history an event that attracted less interest from the population.
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Issue #7: Steps toward Access to Banking Services for Cuba’s Non Governmental Sector

A central piece in the recent reform of the Cuban economic model is the opening to a small-scale nongovernmental sector
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Issue #6: The Road of Patience

In this Dec. 15, 2011 issue, Lenier Gonzalez Mederos, editor of Espacio Laical analyzes the role of independent media in Cuba.
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Issue #5: The Catholic Church and the destiny of the Cuban nation

Roberto Veiga Gonzalez, editor of the Catholic publication Espacio Laical, reflects on the role of the Catholic Church in Cuba and its role in helping shape Cuba's future ...
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Issue #4: Migration policy, updating or readjustment?

Co-founder of Convivencia Cuba, Virgilio Toledo Lopez, analyses the announced updating or readjustment of Cuba's migration laws ...
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