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  • Issue Brief posted January 29, 2016 by Ana Quintana Top Priorities for U.S. Policy Toward Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016

    In 2016, Congress has a unique opportunity to improve America’s foreign policy toward Latin America. For the first time in the 17-year rule of Venezuela’s Socialist Party, the opposition has taken control of the National Assembly. As part of the anticorruption movement sweeping the region, former Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina was peacefully forced to resign after…

  • Commentary posted December 21, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez One Year After Obama Recognized Their Dictator, Cuba's Dissidents Cry Foul

    It’s been a full year since President Obama announced he would recognize the dictatorship of Raul Castro, and the tally so far is grim. Cuba is further than ever from becoming a democracy where people enjoy normal civil liberties; it is in fact closer to becoming what China specialist have identified as a rival model, a “resilient authoritarian regime.” Just last week,…

  • Posted on October 16, 2015 by James Phillips Obama’s Middle East Strategy Continues to Fail as Cuban and Iranian Troops Join Russian-Backed Offensive in Syria

    Russia is not the only country that feels free to intervene in Syria on behalf of the Assad regime and attack...…

  • Backgrounder posted September 28, 2015 by Charles "Cully" Stimson Closing Guantanamo: A Legal and Policy Analysis of the Senate Provision

    For the first time since the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility was opened in January 2002, the Senate, through an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), has mapped out a path to closure of the controversial facility. The legislative equivalent of an olive branch, Section 1032 of the Senate-passed NDAA would allow the Administration to…

  • Commentary posted August 19, 2015 by Ana Quintana Don't Celebrate America's Diplomatic Opening to Cuba

    On Friday August 14, John Kerry is slated to arrive in Havana, where he will formally reopen the United States’ embassy on the island. It will be the first time a U.S. Secretary of State has set foot in Cuba in 70 years. But the embassy opening should be no cause for celebration. It is a simply one more false step in this administration’s foreign policy—a miscue that…

  • Issue Brief posted August 10, 2015 by Olivia Enos A Call to Review Evaluation Methods in the Trafficking in Persons Report

    The 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report has recently come under fire for upgrading the rankings of Malaysia and Cuba. Speculation about the political motives behind these seemingly unwarranted upgrades has highlighted broader challenges plaguing the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, namely the difficulty of defending the objectivity of the…

  • Posted on July 13, 2015 by John Suarez Reflection on Conditional Forgiveness, Justice and the Silent Vigil for July's Cuban Martyrs

    Then you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 Over the past twenty years I have taken part...…

  • Posted on June 12, 2015 by Ken McIntyre Anti-Communist Group Honors Cuban Dissident Who 'Lost Hope’ in Obama

    Americans and other friends of freedom need to keep pressure on the Communist regime in Cuba, if true democratic reforms...…

  • Commentary posted April 16, 2015 by Peter Brookes President Obama cozies up to Cuban dictator

    With the “historic” clasp of hands in Panama City, Panama last week with Raul Castro, President Obama took the next fateful step toward normalizing relations with the Western Hemisphere’s most repressive regime. Seemingly desperate to move beyond a series of foreign policy flubs such as Iraq, Russia and Libya, cozying up to Castro’s Cuba — now officially removed from the…

  • Issue Brief posted February 25, 2015 by Ana Quintana Six Issues the U.S. Should Not Concede to Cuba During Normalization Talks

    The U.S. and Cuba will hold the second round of normalization talks on February 27 in Washington, DC. This follows the U.S.’s attempt in late January to negotiate the terms of reestablishing diplomatic relations with the Castro regime. In those talks in Havana, Cuban officials made it clear that the regime will not change its political or economic system, despite the…

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  • Issue Brief posted July 22, 2013 by Bruce Klingner North Korean–Cuban Arms Shipment Shows Need to Tighten Sanctions

    Even by North Korean standards, the story was odd. To a world used to North Korean exports of weapons, the seizure of a North Korean ship carrying arms from Cuba was unique. Pyongyang’s attempted transshipment of antiquated weapons revealed much about the North Korean regime. First, Pyongyang clearly continues to violate multiple United Nations Security Council (UNSC)…

  • Backgrounder posted November 10, 1994 by John P. Sweeney Why the Cuban Trade Embargo Should Be Maintained

    Introduction With the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union, there has been a growing chorus of cries for the United States to lift the economic embargo on Cuba. This chorus has included even such responsible anti-communist voices as those of former President Richard Nixon and the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. Such calls are curious,…

  • News Releases on January 20, 2010 South America Ahead of World Average in Economic Freedom, Index Finds

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 20, 2010--The 29 economies in the South and Central America/Caribbean region performed better than the world average in four of the 10 components of economic freedom measured in the 2010 "Index of Economic Freedom," published annually by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. Still, there are some danger signs in the region. "Despite…

  • WebMemo posted January 6, 2012 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., James Phillips Iran Moves West: Ahmadinejad's 2012 Latin American Visit

    On January 8, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lands in Venezuela to start a brief but highly symbolic Latin American visit. The Iranian leader aims to bolster ties with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and some of the region’s most strident anti-American leaders. For the Obama Administration, the Iranian visit reflects a continuing erosion of U.S. influence in the region and…

  • Lecture posted May 5, 2004 by The Honorable Frank J. Williams Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties in Wartime

    This month, several individuals detained as "enemy combatants" will make their appeals for freedom to the highest court in the land. Perhaps now, more than any other time in recent memory, the eyes of the world are intensely focused on the United States Supreme Court. In making their decisions, they must walk a fine line between protecting the civil liberties we all…

  • Commentary posted July 26, 2011 by Mike Gonzalez Cubans Still Suffer, But Media Looks Away

    Last week, just outside Cuba’s holiest Catholic shrine, government thugs attacked in plain daylight a group of opposition women -- beating them, stoning them and stripping them naked to the waist. The women, mostly black and middle-aged, suffered this public humiliation because they were trying to find a dignified way to bring attention to the plight of their husbands,…

  • Commentary posted January 24, 2012 by Mike Gonzalez What Wilman Villar's Tragic Death Tells Us About Today's Cuba

    The tragic death of Cuban dissident Wilman Villar after a 50-day hunger strike should make clear that the Cuban people seek freedom and are increasingly willing to defy a repressive regime to get it.  They deserve outside moral support, which is best expressed by a repudiation of the regime that brutalizes them, not by establishing relations that would only…

  • Commentary posted February 1, 2011 by Mike Gonzalez Cuba’s Lost History

    When i was a child and the communist authorities would send a volunteer worker to inquire why I had not yet joined the Pioneros or generally was not going along with the rhetoric of the Cuban Revolution, my grandmother would react in a way I found puzzling. She would show the visitor, usually a woman, to the sitting room my family used for people with whom we were not…

  • WebMemo posted May 19, 2009 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Cuba Solidarity Day 2009: Supporting Cuba's Democratic Movement

    Cuban political prisoner Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, Generation Y blogger Yoani Sanchez, and dissident and former political prisoner Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez" are scarcely names familiar to ordinary Americans -- but they should be. After all, they are just three of the growing number of Cuban men and women with the courage and spirit to speak out against the…

  • Commentary posted May 18, 2012 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. How To Achieve Real Political Reform in Cuba

    What’s the best way to mark the fifth annual Cuba Solidarity Day? If we want to help the long-suffering people of Fidel Castro’s island “paradise,” the answer should be obvious: Shine a light on the repression and tyranny that makes daily life there such a grinding ordeal. Show unflinching support for dissidents and advocates of non-violent change on the island. …

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  • Issue Brief posted January 29, 2016 by Ana Quintana Top Priorities for U.S. Policy Toward Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016

    In 2016, Congress has a unique opportunity to improve America’s foreign policy toward Latin America. For the first time in the 17-year rule of Venezuela’s Socialist Party, the opposition has taken control of the National Assembly. As part of the anticorruption movement sweeping the region, former Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina was peacefully forced to resign after…

  • Backgrounder posted September 28, 2015 by Charles "Cully" Stimson Closing Guantanamo: A Legal and Policy Analysis of the Senate Provision

    For the first time since the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility was opened in January 2002, the Senate, through an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), has mapped out a path to closure of the controversial facility. The legislative equivalent of an olive branch, Section 1032 of the Senate-passed NDAA would allow the Administration to…

  • Issue Brief posted August 10, 2015 by Olivia Enos A Call to Review Evaluation Methods in the Trafficking in Persons Report

    The 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report has recently come under fire for upgrading the rankings of Malaysia and Cuba. Speculation about the political motives behind these seemingly unwarranted upgrades has highlighted broader challenges plaguing the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, namely the difficulty of defending the objectivity of the…

  • Issue Brief posted February 25, 2015 by Ana Quintana Six Issues the U.S. Should Not Concede to Cuba During Normalization Talks

    The U.S. and Cuba will hold the second round of normalization talks on February 27 in Washington, DC. This follows the U.S.’s attempt in late January to negotiate the terms of reestablishing diplomatic relations with the Castro regime. In those talks in Havana, Cuban officials made it clear that the regime will not change its political or economic system, despite the…

  • Issue Brief posted January 29, 2015 by Ana Quintana Congressional Oversight Needed as Obama Administration Moves to Remove Cuba from State Sponsors of Terrorism List

    The Obama Administration has recently chosen to normalize relations with Cuba. In addition to establishing embassies and expanding commercial transactions, the White House has also declared that Cuba will be removed from the State Department’s State Sponsors of Terrorism list. To remove Cuba from the list would be to ignore both the Cuban government’s inherently…

  • Issue Brief posted December 23, 2014 by Ana Quintana How Congress Should Respond to the President’s Radical Change in Cuba Policy

    On Wednesday, December 17, President Obama announced that the U.S. would begin to normalize relations with Cuba. This dramatic policy shift follows the release of American aid worker Alan Gross, who was held hostage for over five years by Castro’s regime, in exchange for three Cuban spies. Choosing to normalize relations with a regime whose chief export has been an…

  • Issue Brief posted July 22, 2013 by Bruce Klingner North Korean–Cuban Arms Shipment Shows Need to Tighten Sanctions

    Even by North Korean standards, the story was odd. To a world used to North Korean exports of weapons, the seizure of a North Korean ship carrying arms from Cuba was unique. Pyongyang’s attempted transshipment of antiquated weapons revealed much about the North Korean regime. First, Pyongyang clearly continues to violate multiple United Nations Security Council (UNSC)…

  • Issue Brief posted January 18, 2013 by James M. Roberts, Ray Walser, Ph.D. The Hagel, Kerry, and Brennan Senate Confirmation Hearings: U.S. Policy for the Western Hemisphere

    The United States Senate will soon begin the confirmation process for three key Administration positions: Senator John Kerry (D–MA) for Secretary of State, former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense, and White House Chief Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan for Director of the CIA. Each must defend his qualifications for higher office and present a…

  • Issue Brief posted January 7, 2013 by James M. Roberts, Ray Walser, Ph.D. Latin America and the Caribbean: A Wish List for 2013

    Too often Latin America and the Caribbean fall off political radar screens in Washington. Nonetheless, geography, robust trade and investment ties, strong demographic links, and shared democratic and economic values connect Americans deeply with the region. In 2013 and beyond, the second Obama Administration and Washington policymakers of all stripes should work to…

  • Issue Brief posted May 17, 2012 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Time for a Freedom and Solidarity Agenda for Cuba

    May 20 marks 110 years of Cuba’s independence from Spanish rule and America’s temporary occupation of the island. It also marks more than 53 years since Cuban revolutionaries—led by Fidel Castro (1927– ) and his brother Raul (1930– )—toppled the Batista regime and installed a one-party, Communist dictatorship on the island. The revolutionary generation of the Castro…

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