CDA opposes U.S. policy toward Cuba and seeks to replace its emphasis on forcing the Cuban government to dismantle its system with new policies that will lead us to normalization and recognition of Cuba’s government.
Since 2001, our program has led more than 30 trips to Cuba, including bi-partisan delegations for close to 80 Members of the U.S. Senate and House and their professional staffs for fact-finding and research. Trips to Cuba enable U.S. policy makers to directly experience the Cuban reality, understand the defects of U.S. policy, and hear what Cubans from all walks of life have to say about how they’d improve U.S. policy.
CDA has testified before the U.S. Congress on proposals for engagement with Cuba, and published commentaries on Cuba in the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and other traditional and new media publications. We have brought authentic voices from Cuba to visit the offices of policy makers in Congress and the Executive Branch. We publish a widely distributed and respected news summary that is read every week by senior decisions makers and journalists, academics and activists, by people in the United States and throughout the region.
U.S. policy toward Cuba, in place for more than fifty years, has failed and it isolates our country from the Cuban people. Moreover, Cuba’s government is taking steps now – from economic and social reforms to strengthening its foreign relationships – to preserve and modernize its system for the 21st century. Existing U.S. policy and the Cuban government’s objectives cannot be reconciled. It is essential to get new information and a wider range of perspectives on Cuba to U.S. policy makers to realign the policy and to make it serve our larger interests in Cuba and the region.
Cuba is at the center of our organization’s work, because changing U.S. policy would have a beneficial and lasting impact on both U.S. and Cuban society, and would signal to Latin America that the United States is ready to engage once again with the region, its problems and its people.