Archive for the ‘Washington Blog’ Category

March 16, 2015 |

RIVERS FELLOW: Lessons Learned from the Cuba Thaw

As the winter ice thaws here in DC, more than fifty years of animosity between the U.S. and Cuba has also started to melt away. Since President Obama and President Castro decided last December to begin normalizing diplomatic relations, the two countries have been holding historic negotiations that will expand… read more »

December 9, 2014 |

RIVERS FELLOW: A Tribute to Stephen

It has been an exciting few weeks for the Stephen Rivers Memorial Fellowship. We are in the middle of our year-end campaign to make sure this program honoring Stephen is supported for the next two years, and it has been wonderful to see how many of Stephen’s friends have gotten… read more »

October 23, 2014 |

RIVERS FELLOW: Here’s to Middle Ground

As a relative newcomer to the world of Cuba policy, I have noticed that most of the folks working to change U.S. policy toward the island represent a rare breed in this age of tweet-able, polarized politics. In a political atmosphere that favors the outrageous, Cuba advocates seem to have… read more »

August 11, 2014 |

RIVERS FELLOW: Hello from Cullen

My name is Cullen Moran, and it is a pleasure to introduce myself as the third Stephen Rivers Memorial Fellow at the Center for Democracy in the Americas. I am excited to continue the work begun by my predecessors, Emma Stodder and Jamie Hamre. A bit about myself and how I… read more »

August 5, 2014 |

RIVERS FELLOW: Farewell from Jaime

Today I share the bittersweet news that I have passed the torch to CDA’s next Stephen M. Rivers Memorial Intern, Cullen Moran. Nearly 11 months ago, as a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed recent college graduate, I became only the 2nd Stephen Rivers Intern. I could not have found a better stepping… read more »

July 9, 2014 |

RIVERS FELLOW: The Forbidden Fruit

Less than an hour after our flight took off from Miami, a dozen members of the 1818 Society, my colleague Vivian, and I landed at the Jaime González airport in Cienfuegos, Cuba where we kicked off our 6-day people-to-people tour, a collaborative effort between CDA and Collin Laverty of Cuba Educational Travel. Upon… read more »

May 2, 2014 |

RIVERS FELLOW: A Dream Come True

I met Anabel while studying in Havana for two semesters in 2012. Her shaved head immediately set her apart from all of the other Cubans I had come across. As I got to know her, I found that not only is she the only Cuban vegetarian I met, she is… read more »

February 28, 2014 |

RIVERS FELLOW: Scaling the Embargo Wall: Travel Teaches What Isolation Can’t

The night I visited the Hotel Nacional in Havana to see a Buena Vista Social Club concert, I remember laughing at my utterly erroneous and uninformed vision of Cuba before traveling there. Besides the music of the Buena Vista Social Club, my knowledge of Cuba was chiefly informed by a… read more »

December 20, 2013 |

RIVERS FELLOW: Rapid Changes: A View from Cuba

Each morning in Havana, I descended the recently-renovated bright turquoise steps from my upstairs apartment to the main house, where my host family had already been bustling around for hours. I sat at the dining room table, which the sun entered perfectly, flooding through the high windows that are so… read more »

September 18, 2013 |

RIVERS FELLOW: A Tribute to Architects

My name is Jaime Hamre, and I’m the new Stephen M. Rivers Memorial Intern at the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA). I am honored to take Emma Stodder’s place, who, as you can judge from the older posts in this blog, did an amazing job as the first intern supported by this… read more »