...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

U.S. and Cuba to Officially Open Embassies: WOLA's Response

Establishing a U.S. embassy in Cuba will open up new possibilities for dialogue, and is clearly in the U.S. economic, security and foreign policy interest.

State Department Announces Cuba's Removal from 'State Sponsors of Terror' List

Move Represents Long Overdue Step Toward Updating U.S.-Cuba Relations
Today the State Department announced the removal of Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. The move takes effect today after the end of a 45-day waiting period following the White House's announcement of the move to Congress.

White House Announces Cuba’s Removal from ‘State Sponsors of Terror’ List

The Obama administration's announcement is a sensible, long overdue step that will improve U.S. ties with not only Cuba, but all of Latin America as well.

Why it Makes Sense to Remove Cuba from the ‘State Sponsors of Terror’ List

Analysis & Commentary
Cuba's pending removal from the list is both a necessary step towards opening a U.S. embassy in Havana as well as President Obama’s deeper process of updating U.S. policy towards Cuba for the 21st century.