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The richness of our work on U.S. policy toward Latin America is reflected in our publications, which are distributed to Congressional officials and other policy makers, journalists, analysts, and the general public. You can find digital versions of our books below. To order copies, please call us at 202-234-5506.

2013

Women’s Work: Gender Equality in Cuba and the Role of Women Building Cuba’s Future

The Center for Democracy in the Americas has published the results of our two-year study on gender equality in Cuba. In it, we write about Cuba’s gender equality achievements that have captured global attention, serious short-comings that hold Cuban women back and the prospects for gender equality as Cuba seeks to reverse its economic crisis. Our research shows, and many Cuban women agree, that measured against key objectives of gender equality – do women have access to higher-paying jobs; can they achieve a fair division of labor at work and home; are they acceding to positions of real power in the communist party or government– Cuba has a long way to go. To read the report, click here. To read the report in Spanish, click here.

2011

Cuba’s New Resolve: Economic Reform and its Implications for U.S. Policy

Cuba’s government is taking extraordinary steps to address its economic crisis.  Its effort, to update Cuban institutions and reshape how Cubans earn their living and lead their lives, contains the biggest economic changes Cubans have seen in over two decades and offers a greater prospect for realigning the relationship between Cuban citizens and their state than has seemed possible since 1959. Our report tells the story of fifty years of Cuban economic history; it describes in detail the institutional and economic changes taking place now under President Raúl Castro; it identifies what has already been accomplished and what still needs to be addressed, and concludes with constructive ideas for U.S. policy moving forward.

As Cuba plans to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. policy poses needless risks to our national interest

With Cuba and its foreign partners preparing to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. embargo prohibits American companies from joining Cuba in efforts to extract its offshore resources, denies Cuba access to U.S. equipment for drilling and environmental protection, and ties the U.S. government’s hands, leaving it unable to plan adequately for a potential spill and putting our coastal assets at great peril. These are among the findings contained in this new report, “As Cuba plans to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. policy poses needless risks to our national interest.”

2010

Expectations for Change and the Challenges of Governance: The First Year of President Mauricio FunesExpectations for Change and the Challenges of Governance: The First Year of President Mauricio Funes

Our report on the first year of the Funes administration was published in September 2010, and we are offering an electronic version of the printed report in English and Spanish (“Las expectativas para el cambio y los retos de la gobernabilidad: El primer año del presidente Mauricio funes“). We are also providing expanded access to our notes and interviews in the version available here.

2009

9 Ways for US to Talk to Cuba & for Cuba to Talk to US9 Ways for US to Talk to Cuba and for Cuba to Talk to US

How can we break the fifty year old diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Cuba? The CDA identifies nine critical areas where Washington and Havana can work together, and build relationships of confidence and trust, by solving problems in both countries’ national interests. We recruited a team of scholars and experts to offer their ideas for cooperation in military affairs, migration, energy, trade, academic exchange and other fields which could then produce the progress that has eluded our diplomats for five decades. To read the report, click here. For more information about the report, please click here.  You can listen to a conference call with some of the book’s authors.

2007

In Our National Interest: The Top Ten Reasons for Changing U.S. policy toward CubaIn Our National Interest: The Top Ten Reasons for Changing U.S. policy toward Cuba

For forty-five years, the United States has been trying to overthrow Fidel Castro.  In 2007, isn’t it time to try something new? The CDA, along with U.S.A. Engage, has produced this book, where we argue that the policy has produced nothing in decades; enforcing the policy drains resources from the war on terror; the policy hurts American companies and American workers; the policy is an assault on family values; the policy infringes on the rights and liberties of all U.S. citizens; the policy hurts America’s image abroad; the Castro government uses our policy to advance its own ends; the policy puts political interests above the national interest; important people oppose the policy and want to see it changed; the policy stops Americans from doing what they do best.