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Cuba’s omnipresence in Cartagena

Cuba’s omnipresence in Cartagena


This weekend’s Summit of the Americas may not include representation from Cuba, but Cuba is by no means absent from the Summit. In fact, general policy toward the island appeared to be the most significant issue dividing the Hemisphere in advance of this …

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If the Pope cannot do it, who can?

If the Pope cannot do it, who can?


On a visit to the Western Hemisphere last week from Rome, Pope Benedict XVI stopped first in Mexico, a country whose population is 80-85% Catholic. It is the most Catholic, in this sense, of the world’s Spanish-speaking countries. His second visit was …

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Is Cuba Part of Obama’s “Long Game”?

Is Cuba Part of Obama’s “Long Game”?


For those who have not yet read Andrew Sullivan’s Newsweek piece on Obama, published this past week, take note: it should be required reading for all U.S. voters as the country continues its …

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Cuba: 2011 Year in Review

Cuba: 2011 Year in Review


This year in Cuban history will be viewed as a significant one, having seen more economic change and reform on the island than some entire decades. But Washington’s response over the course of a year has proven insignificant.
Let’s start with a brief …

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Cuba hits the front page, but is Washington reading?

Cuba hits the front page, but is Washington reading?


I was rather surprised to see a Cuba headline make it to the front page of the New York Times recently.
The surprise is not because the placement is unmerited: indeed, such attention is quite timely and relevant. It is due to the fact …

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Cuba’s New Rules Governing the Purchase of Private Property

Cuba’s New Rules Governing the Purchase of Private Property

This week Raul Castro’s government took to expanding on its opening of the Cuban economy. After September’s announcement allowing Cubans to freely sell and purchase automobiles for the first time legally since the Cuban Revolution, today it was announced that Cubans could …

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A quest to travel to Cuba

A quest to travel to Cuba

Despite my day job and this Foreign Policy Association endeavor writing on Cuba, sometimes I do not fully appreciate how challenging it actually can be for Americans to gain U.S. government approval to visit the island. Like so many things, one can talk about …

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Reforms… 313 of 'em

Reforms… 313 of 'em


Cuban media finally published the outcome of last month’s Communist Party Congress: a list of 313 “guidelines” to shape economic reforms in Cuba. The items include mention of changes across a number of sectors and important issue areas—from ration books (and their gradual retirement) …

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Bay of Pigs, Ocean of Changes

Bay of Pigs, Ocean of Changes

The patriotic displays this weekend in Havana (military marching through the streets, fighter jets flying over, Cubans participating in parades and celebrations) marked the 50th anniversary of the Cuban victory at the Bay of Pigs—or as Cubans call it, Playa Girón—in 1961. …

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How about a US envoy to Cuba?

How about a US envoy to Cuba?


It’s a long way off, sure.
But Jimmy Carter seems to be the guy for it.
The former US President began a visit to Cuba yesterday at the invitation of the Cuban government. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, in fact, was there to meet Carter on the …

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The US-Cuba relationship in numbers

The US-Cuba relationship in numbers

Fifteen (15) – in years, the prison sentence handed down to American citizen Alan Gross on Saturday by a Cuban court. Prosecutors swayed the court with an argument that in distributing satellite phones in Havana, Gross was plotting to destroy the revolution,

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NYC says 'si' to Cuba

NYC says 'si' to Cuba


According to US Census data, Miami is home to the largest Cuban community outside of the island nation; the New York metropolitan area is in second place, with a population of over 141,000 Cubans. So …

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Notes on the State of the Union

Notes on the State of the Union


The President’s annual State of the Union Address traditionally focuses largely on domestic issues, and this year’s was no exception. But every speech the Executive gives is carefully crafted to touch upon a …

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Not very far in the right direction

Not very far in the right direction


I had the privilege on Friday of attending a Pacific Council on International Policy luncheon discussion with US Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg, a thoughtful and intelligent State Department appointee who …

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Communication is a two-way street

Communication is a two-way street


Even as Washington refrains from commenting substantively on recent developments in Cuba, Fidel Castro continues to provide timely reflections on occurrences in the United States (not to mention internationally), underscoring his persisting importance as a public figure. The juxtaposition is striking: the open, transparent, …

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