Developments Regarding the Summit of the Americas 

Later this week the Summit of the Americans takes place in Lima, Peru. Interesting  developments regarding the Summit have taken place from the U.S. and Cuba. U.S. Developments[1] On April 10 President Trump cancelled his scheduled attendance at the Summit of the Americans in Peru. The stated reason was his need to attend to the … Continue reading Developments Regarding the Summit of the Americas 

U.S.-Cuba Skirmishes at the Summit of the Americas

The confrontation of Presidents Donald Trump and Raúl Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Peru, as anticipated in a prior post, did not happen. Each of them cancelled his trip to the Summit. Instead Cuba sent its Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, while the U.S. sent Vice President Mike Pence, and the two of … Continue reading U.S.-Cuba Skirmishes at the Summit of the Americas

Upcoming Cuba Issues for Trump Administration

On April 13-14, President Donald Trump will attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, and on April 19 Cuba’s national legislature will elect a new President of the Council of State to succeed Raúl Castro. Both of these events will require Trump to comment on U.S. policies regarding Cuba, and already U.S. forces … Continue reading Upcoming Cuba Issues for Trump Administration

U.S. Reiterates Its Negative Assessment of Cuba

On May 13, 2019, Kimberly Breier, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, delivered a speech in Bogota, Colombia to the Concordia Americas Summit. [1] As expected, she had negative comments about Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. Here is what she said about Cuba: “In Cuba, the regime has not fundamentally changed, and … Continue reading U.S. Reiterates Its Negative Assessment of Cuba

Signs of Possible Increased U.S. Hostility Towards Cuba

A recent post discussed challenges about Cuba facing the Trump Administration this April: President Trump’s attendance at the Summit of the Americas in Peru and the U.S. reaction to Cuba’s election of the new President of the Council of State. Recent developments have added to the apprehension that these and other events may be occasions … Continue reading Signs of Possible Increased U.S. Hostility Towards Cuba

State Department’s New U.S.-Cuba Relations Fact Sheet

On November 22, the State Department published its new U.S.-Cuba “Bilateral Relations Fact Sheet.”[1] Here is what it said. “U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS “ “The United States seeks a stable, prosperous, and free country for the Cuban people. The United States pursues limited engagement with Cuba that advances our national interests and empowers the Cuban people while restricting … Continue reading State Department’s New U.S.-Cuba Relations Fact Sheet

New State Department Fact Sheet on U.S.-Cuba Relations

On October 22, 2019, the State Department issued a new Fact Sheet on U.S.-Cuba Relations.[1] Although it does not contain anything new, it is useful to have the following information in one place. “U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS” “The United States seeks a stable, prosperous, and free country for the Cuban people. The United States pursues limited engagement … Continue reading New State Department Fact Sheet on U.S.-Cuba Relations

More Unkind Words About Cuba from Vice President Mike Pence

On Monday night (June 4), U.S. Vice President Mike Pence hosted a reception at the White House for delegates to the OAS General Assembly, which met June 4 and 5 with most attention on the U.S.-led effort to suspend Venezuela’s OAS membership.[1] Most of Pence’s remarks at the reception, therefore, concerned Venezuela. But he managed … Continue reading More Unkind Words About Cuba from Vice President Mike Pence

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: CUBA [as of 5/4/20]

                       No.                 Date                           Title         Table of Contents        Cuba & Other Countries Cuba & Minnesota Cuban Bloggers Cuba: State Sponsor of Terrorism? U.S. Embargo of Cuba U.S. & Guantanamo Bay, Cuba U.S. & Cuba Damage Claims Cuban Human Rights U.S. Democracy Promotion in Cuba Cuban … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: CUBA [as of 5/4/20]

The Inauguration of Cuba’s New President, Miguel Díaz-Canel

On April 19, Miguel Diaz-Canel officially became Cuba’s new President of the Councils of State and Ministers. Born after the Revolution in 1960, he grew up in the central province of Villa Clara, about three hours from Havana, the son of a schoolteacher and a factory worker. He studied electrical engineering at the Central University … Continue reading The Inauguration of Cuba’s New President, Miguel Díaz-Canel