Cuba Policy Report

Issue #27 The Revolution at 50 [The following essay was published by the website RealClearWorld on December 18, 2008 under the title “Obama and the New Cuba.” Earlier issues of this newsletter are here, and you can follow Cuba issues on our blog, The Cuban Triangle.] [Read More...]
Issue #26 Will Raul Castro Reform Cuba’s Economy? Talk to anyone who worked with Raul Castro, or anyone clued in to the process that produced Cuba’s economic reforms in the early 1990’s, and you get the same story: that he supported those reforms and is not averse to [Read More...]
Issue #25 Eight Months and Counting Fidel Castro’s apparent recuperation sets the stage for a different scenario than that imagined when he fell ill eight months ago. Rather than slowly fade from authority while his successors assume their roles, his return to office now seems possible. [Read More...]
Issue #24 Thank You and Farewell Thank You and Farewell The Council of State Havana, Cuba December 2006 The Honorable George W. Bush The White House Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. President: My final battle is nearing its end. I have led the revolutionary struggle for so [Read More...]
Issue #23 Happy New Year 2007 Unable to offer the medical analysis and speculation that everyone wants, we are instead passing on some of the more interesting statements from the year just ended. # # # # # Eight workers in a butcher shop won $22 [Read More...]
Issue #22 Who’s To Blame For Corruption? Reporters from the Cuban newspaper Juventud Rebelde went to El Manzanares, a Havana cafeteria, in search of petty corruption. They found it easily. Patrons who paid for one-third of a liter of beer were routinely being served a quarter liter. [Read More...]
Issue #21 His Own Funeral, with a Front-Row Seat Did you ever wish you could attend your own funeral to see what people say and do when you’re gone? When the world learned last week that Cuban President Fidel Castro’s surgery forced him to pass some duties to his [Read More...]
Issue #20 Transition: A Second Crack Why is it necessary for the Administration’s inter-agency committee on Cuba policy – the “Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba” – to issue a second report this year? Cuba is not a burning issue in U.S. foreign policy, and [Read More...]
Issue #19 Migration Policy and Politics Cuba’s national baseball team was initially refused U.S. permission to travel to Puerto Rico to play in the World Baseball Classic. The decision was later reversed, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said January 20, because “the President wanted to see [Read More...]
Issue #18 The Long Arm of the Law The Bush Administration voiced not a word of disapproval, but it sent an unmistakable signal to a recent conference held in Mexico City where American executives and Cuban officials discussed business opportunities in Cuba’s energy sector. It found a way [Read More...]
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