Center for Democracy in the Americas Blog


February 5, 2016 |

Cuba Central News Brief: Peace and the Parallel Universe

Blessed are the peacemakers, it says in Matthew 5:9 – and the peacemakers seem to converging in Havana. One week from today, the leaders of Roman Catholicism and the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba to try and advance the healing process between Eastern and Western Christianity, churches which… read more »


January 29, 2016 |

Cuba Central Week In Review: Trade, Travel, and Telecomms

This week, President Obama again used his executive authority to expand travel and trade with Cuba.  The new travel rules have different dimensions to them, but they will surely intensify the cultural connectivity between our two countries.   As press accounts again proved this week, the President’s earlier reforms are… read more »


January 26, 2016 |

PRESS RELEASE: CDA Statement on new Treasury and Commerce regulations regarding Cuba

WASHINGTON – Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, issued the following statement on the new regulations released by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security. “The new regulations support expanded exports, travel, and cultural exchange… read more »


January 22, 2016 |

Cuba Central News Brief: Cuba and the Audacity of Hope, 2016 Edition

Last week, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough offered a teaser about the year ahead: He said, “We’ll do audacious executive actions throughout the course of the year, I am confident of that,” in comments reported by The Hill. We can’t say what those executive actions involve since “McDonough… read more »


January 15, 2016 |

Cuba Central News Briefing: Stop and Smell (the Cuban) Coffee (or what would Goethe say?)

As he departed the presidency in 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower summarized the foreign policy accomplishments of his administration. Ending the Korean War and preserving peace in the Middle East were among them.  But, he also noted a few of the world’s continuing dangers, starting with what he called the “Communist penetration of… read more »


January 8, 2016 |

Cuba Central News Briefing: Cuba and the U.S. – The State of the Reunion

In the days before President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address, we wrote about the promising dimensions of his new direction in Cuba policy – it’s strong emphasis on expanding travel, encouraging diplomacy, broadening engagement by “ball players and marine scientists, artists and experts,” and bringing the business community… read more »


December 24, 2015 |

Christmas Twist: Cuba’s On Obama’s Fourth Quarter “Bucket List”

Last Spring, when President Obama addressed the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, he said to the reporters on hand at the annual ‘Washington Celebrates Itself’ Gala, “Welcome to the fourth quarter of my presidency.”  “I am determined to make the most of every moment I have left.” He said, “After… read more »


December 23, 2015 |

BEISBOL at center of Cuba-US rapprochement

Authored by friend of CDA, Tom Hayden. I’ve written articles this year in the LA Times and the Nation, as well as an entire book, Listen Yankee! on the Cuban-US rapprochement, but my favorite reporting is about baseball and coexistence. Not because I’m an old ballplayer who’s visited Cuba several… read more »

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Cubans in the New Economy: Their Reflections and the U.S. Response

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PRESS RELEASE: With UN Vote Against Embargo Comes Acknowledgement of Change in US Policy
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PRESS RELEASE: CDA Statement on New Cuba Rules Easing Restrictions on Travel and Trade
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PRESS RELEASE: CDA Urges Treasury Secretary Lew to Expand Travel to Cuba
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