Open Cuba

  • Atlantic Council Poll Finds Bipartisan Support for Wider Cuba Opening

    With presidential races heating up in key primary states, the Atlantic Council's new US-Cuba poll of voters in America's heartland finds majority support in both parties for further opening trade, travel, and investment with Cuba. Voters in Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa—though they largely consider the United States on the 'wrong track'—strongly favor lifting trade and travel restrictions and endorse the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. Among the 70 percent of voters who do not approve of the country's direction, 58 percent are in favor of President Obama's new Cuba policies. The support in these states—important because of senior congressional delegations or weight in presidential politics—constitutes a major victory for the President's executive actions over the last year.

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  • Cuba’s Economic Reintegration: Is the Time Now?

    Since the breakdown of US-Cuban relations in the early 1960s, Cuba has experienced a self- and externally-imposed isolation from US-led global financial markets. While the socialist Cuban economy was able to sustain itself on foreign assistance from the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the economic hardships of the post-Soviet period have necessitated dramatic reforms in the Cuban system, most notably the legalization of small private businesses and political rapprochement with the United States.

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  • Atlantic Council Report Calls for Cuba’s Economic Reintegration

    Days before the opening of the US Embassy in Havana, the Atlantic Council’s Latin America Center launched a new report today that provides a ten point roadmap for Cuba’s reintegration into the global economy.  Key to the success of this effort will be to push for a reengagement between Cuba and the international financial institutions (IFIs) including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Cuba’s Economic Reintegration: Begin with the International Financial Institutionsis the first major policy publication on Cuba’s role in the global economic community since the December announcement of new policies toward Cuba. The team of authors include Cuban economist Pavel Vidal and former Senior IMF Economist Scott Brown, a former mission chief for Albania.

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  • Cuba’s Economic Reintegration: Is the Time Now?

    Please join us on July 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. for the launch of a report written by Cuban economist Pavel Vidal and former IMF Mission Chief for Albania Scott Brown on Cuba's reintegration into international financial institutions.

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  • Making History, Obama Announces Opening of US Embassy in Havana

    On July 20, the Stars and Stripes will rise over a US Embassy in Havana for the first time in fifty-four years—and the Cuban flag will flutter over the newly reconstituted Cuban Embassy in Washington.

    If all goes according to plan, US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana to witness the historic event. That follows President Barack Obama's July 1 announcement that embassies would re-open in each other's capitals after half a century of hostilities.

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  • Atlantic Council Experts Urge President Obama to Use Today’s Announcement to Finish the Job on US-Cuba Opening

    In an open letter to President Obama, Peter Schechter, Director, and Jason Marczak, Deputy Director, of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, urge that the time is now to  seize the momentum of recent policy changes toward Cuba and fully reignite relations by pushing the current session of Congress to end the embargo. Schechter and Marczak write, “It is critical to push beyond summits, terrorism lists, and even announcements of reestablishing diplomatic relations."

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  • Spotlight: Summit of the Americas

    In this month’s Spotlight, we ask: What will be the top headlines at the VII Summit of the Americas?

    The Summit of the Americas on April 10-11 is generating an unprecedented amount of attention, thanks in large part to the dramatic changes in the US-Cuba relationship. Though historic, the novelty of seeing Cuban President Raúl Castro and US President Barack Obama at the same table is sure to wear off after the first photo, and the region's attention will quickly turn to other pressing matters.

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  • Latin America Center Experts Comment on Lifting Cuba Travel Ban

    This morning, a bipartisan group of eight senators introduced a bill that would lift the US ban on travel to Cuba. The Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center experts are closely monitoring this story. Their reactions: 

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  • Schechter: End of the Embargo

    Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Director Peter Schechter writes for the Hill on the recent change in US-Cuba relations:

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  • Montanino in La Stampa

    Italian-language La Stampa quotes Global Business and Economics Program Director Andrea Montanino on why Cuba should apply for International Monetary Fund membership and would economic benefits would immediately occur from doing so: 

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