...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

Cuba's Changing Economy

Cuba is allowing more space for the private sector, but many find the pace of reforms frustrating
In the first of three podcasts on changes in Cuba, we discuss Cuba's halting moves to attract foreign investment and allow a greater role for the private sector. So far, Cubans are getting mixed messages.

Financial Services Appropriations Bill Shows Support for U.S.-Cuba Policy Shift

Analysis & Commentary
Call Your Member of Congress, and urge them to support amendments to the Financial Services Appropriations bill that would permit travel to Cuba, and that would expand credit for agricultural sales to Cuba. The House could vote on these amendments as early as Wednesday, June 22nd.

GOP-Controlled Senate Panel Overwhelmingly Votes to Lift Travel Ban on Cuba and Expand Trade

Amendments would end travel ban on Cuba, fund U.S. agricultural exports

President Obama’s Historic Trip to Cuba and Argentina

President Obama is making a historic visit to Cuba on March 20-22. During the visit he is expected to discuss updating U.S.-Cuba relations for the 21st century.