Cuba

...advocating change through engagement

A new era in United States and Cuba relations has begun. The process of normalization represents an historic shift that will be complex and take time. Lifting the U.S. trade embargo and other restrictions in U.S. law will require congressional action. WOLA advocates for policies of engagement to continue to open up trade, travel and diplomatic cooperation, and improved human rights on the island.

Key Program Themes

U.S.–Cuba Relations

U.S. policy toward Cuba remains stuck in the past, even as economic and political changes on the island continue. Click here to see WOLA’s analysis of unfolding developments in U.S. policy and in relations between the two countries.

Reforms in Cuba

Cuba is undergoing a gradual process of reform that is characterized by a growing private sector. Click here to see WOLA’s analysis of the changes in Cuba.

 

Cuba News & Analysis

Reflections From Havana: WOLA’s Geoff Thale at the U.S. Flag-Raising in Cuba

Video
When the U.S. flag went up in front of the newly reopened embassy in Havana, it launched a new era in U.S. relations with Cuba. WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale went to Havana for the official opening of the U.S. Embassy.

Reflections From Havana: WOLA’s Geoff Thale at the U.S. Flag-Raising in Cuba

Analysis & Commentary
When the U.S. flag went up in front of the newly reopened embassy in Havana, it launched a new era in U.S. relations with Cuba. WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale went to Havana for the official opening of the U.S. Embassy.

Amid Changes in Cuba, U.S. to Officially Open New Embassy: WOLA in Havana

WOLA will be in Havana for the Inaugural Ceremony
News
On August 14, Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Cuba to attend the official ceremony for the opening of the first U.S. embassy in Havana in 54 years. WOLA will be on the ground for Secretary Kerry’s visit

Factsheet: Reforms in 21st Century Cuba

Analysis & Commentary
Over the past few years, the Cuban government has initiated a gradual but important process of reform. This includes economic changes that are moving a significant portion of the population out of the public sector and towards private employment.