U.S. Reactions to Trump Reversals of Some U.S.-Cuba Normalization Policies                                                                   

On June 16, as noted in a prior post, President Donald Trump announced a reversal of some aspects of the Cuba normalization policies that had been instituted by his predecessor, President Barack Obama. Now we look at U.S. reactions to this change of policy. Subsequent posts will examine Cuban reactions and conclude with this blogger’s … Continue reading U.S. Reactions to Trump Reversals of Some U.S.-Cuba Normalization Policies                                                                   

Another U.S. Event Promoting U.S.-Cuba Reconciliation

On February 10, 2016, another U.S. event was held to promote U.S.-Cuba reconciliation. This one at Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club was hosted by the U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba, whose launch a year ago was covered in a previous post. [1] Now we look at an overview of its recent Annual Celebration Event followed … Continue reading Another U.S. Event Promoting U.S.-Cuba Reconciliation

U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba Sends Delegation to the Island

On March 1-4, the United States Agricultural Coalition for Cuba sent a delegation of 90-plus agricultural leaders to Cuba to meet with Cuban officials and farmers. [1] In announcing the visit, the Coalition’s Chair, Devry Boughner Vorwerk of Minnesota-headquartered Cargill Incorporated, said it would be a “learning journey” to expand knowledge of Cuban agriculture. It … Continue reading U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba Sends Delegation to the Island

Recent U.S.-Cuba Developments 

Here are updates on several U.S.-Cuba issues. U.S.-Cuba Bilateral Commission Meeting[1] On June 14 in Washington, D.C., the U.S. and Cuba held their seventh meeting of the  Bilateral Commission that was started by the Obama Administration and Cuba. Afterwards the State Department said the two parties “reviewed . . . areas for engagement that advance … Continue reading Recent U.S.-Cuba Developments 

Launching the United States Agricultural Coalition for Cuba 

On January 8th the United States Agricultural Coalition for Cuba, whose purpose is “to re-establish Cuba as a market for U.S. food and agriculture exports,” was publicly launched at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Agricultural Coalition’s Basics To achieve this purpose, the Coalition’s mission is “to strive to turn Cuba from an … Continue reading Launching the United States Agricultural Coalition for Cuba 

Discussion About Cuba at the Washington Conference on the Americas

On May 8 the U.S. Department of State hosted the Americas Society’s Council of the Americas’ 48th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas with U.S. administration senior officials and distinguished leaders from across the Americas to focus on the major policy issues affecting the hemisphere..[1] The speakers at this event were Acting Secretary of State … Continue reading Discussion About Cuba at the Washington Conference on the Americas

Conference on “Prospects for United States Cuba Normalization, Commerce and Investment”

On February 18, 2016, the Cuba Consortium hosted its first annual Washington Conference: “Prospects for United-States Cuba Normalization, Commerce and Investment.” [1] The speakers at the Conference included Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment; Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; Benjamin Rhodes, Assistant to the President … Continue reading Conference on “Prospects for United States Cuba Normalization, Commerce and Investment”

Two Major U.S. Groups Urge Congress To Promote U.S. Trade and Travel with Cuba

This month two major U.S. groups have reiterated pleas to Congress to promote U.S. trade and travel with Cuba. They are the United States Agricultural Coalition for Cuba and Engage Cuba. Here is a report on those efforts. U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba On June 8, 2015, the Agricultural Coalition, an association of more than … Continue reading Two Major U.S. Groups Urge Congress To Promote U.S. Trade and Travel with Cuba

New Senate Bill To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba

On June 10, 2015, Senator Jerry Moran (Rep., KS) introduced S.1543 Cuba Trade Act of 2015 to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba. With Senator Angus King (Ind., ME) as the cosponsor, the bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, which has not taken any action on S.491, the … Continue reading New Senate Bill To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba