Friday, January 8th, 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 »

Thursday, December 24th, 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 »

Friday, December 18th, 2015 |

Cuba Central News Briefing: Strait Talk: What Does D-17 Mean to You?

According to a survey released this week, there has been a striking increase in support among Cubans and Cuban Americans living in the United States for President Obama’s policies of engagement and reconciliation toward Cuba since he began making epic changes in the policy on December 17th, 2014.   Compared… read more »

Monday, August 31st, 2015 |

Why Ending the Embargo is Good for Our Health

The Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) has released a video explaining why they believe, CimaVax, Cuba’s lung cancer vaccine is “a game changer.”  The vaccine, which is now used in Cuba and elsewhere to slow the progression of the disease, could be used in the future to prevent its onset… read more »

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Our Man in Havana

BLOOMBERG VIEW– When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raises the flag over the U.S. embassy in Havana on Friday, it will be a hugely symbolic moment. But it will take an act of Congress — literally — to make substantive progress on the thorny issues that have divided the… read more »

Friday, August 14th, 2015 |

PRESS RELEASE: Statement by Sarah Stephens, Center for Democracy in the Americas, after witnessing the U.S. Flag-Raising

HAVANA – Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, issued the following statement after attending the flag-raising at the U.S. Embassy in Havana: “We’ve entered an entirely new era in U.S.-Cuba relations. The flag-raising over the new U.S. embassy in Havana symbolizes the hopeful idea… read more »

Friday, July 31st, 2015 |

PRESS RELEASE: CDA Statement on Secretary Clinton’s Landmark Cuba Speech

WASHINGTON — Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), issued the following statement on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s landmark campaign speech at Florida International University today: “What makes Secretary Clinton’s speech profound is her recognition that a policy of engagement rather than embargo offers the best… read more »

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 |

PRESS RELEASE: Emmer-Castor bill to Lift Cuba Trade Ban Offers Opportunity to Cuban People and U.S. Business

WASHINGTON – Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), issued the following statement about the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 in the U.S. House of Representatives: “The Emmer-Castor bipartisan Cuba Trade Act shows how engagement with Cuba can provide greater economic opportunities for the… read more »

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: CDA Statement on U.S. Senate Appropriations Cuba Amendments

WASHINGTON – Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), issued the following statement after the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted three amendments on travel and trade with Cuba: “Today’s bipartisan Senate Appropriations Committee vote to legalize travel adds new momentum to further the opening of… read more »

Monday, July 20th, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: CDA Statement on the Historic Reopening of U.S. and Cuban Embassies

WASHINGTON – The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) released the following statement on today’s historic reopening of embassies in Havana and Washington, DC. “Whether you are in Havana or Washington, DC watching our embassies open, what you are seeing is the final act of the Cold War,” said… read more »