Issue Brief posted December 23, 2014
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
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)…