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

Republicans and Democrats Join Forces to Advance U.S.-Cuba Relations

Bi-partisan Cuba Working Group Formed in Congress
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Twelve members of the House of Representatives are reaching across the aisle to push for greater U.S. engagement with Cuba by forming the bi-partisan Cuba Working Group.

WOLA Announces Recipients of its 2015 Human Rights Awards

Honors to be given at 10th Annual Gala on October 28 in Washington, D.C.
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The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) is proud to announce the recipients of its prestigious Human Rights Awards for 2015 on the 10th anniversary of the awards.

In Historic Visit, Pope Francis to Address Key Issues in the Americas

WOLA Closely Following Papal Visit to Cuba, United States
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WOLA will have key experts available for commentary and analysis during Pope Francis' historic visit, in which he is expected to address some of the most

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

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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.