...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

Support for Expanding U.S.-Cuba Trade Grows Among Republican Party

Analysis & Commentary
After fifty years of a failed foreign policy on Cuba, one thing has become clear to Americans of all political stripes: it’s time to end the Cuban trade embargo.

GOP-led, Bipartisan House Bill Seeks to End the Cuban Trade Embargo

Bill Shows Growing Republican Support for Broader Engagement with Cuba
Members of Congress from both parties, and across the political spectrum, are increasingly recognizing that after fifty years of failed policy that hurt the Cuban people and hinder the American economy, it is time for new approach.

Republican-Controlled Senate Panel Votes to Lift Travel Ban on Cuba, Widen Trade

Amendments would lift the travel ban on Cuba for one year, fund U.S. agricultural exports
Republican controlled U.S. Senate adopted several amendments that would lift travel ban on Cuba and would widen trade with the island

As Havana Opens a Washington Embassy, Republican-Led Bill Seeks to Improve Internet Access in Cuba

Bipartisan Bill Shows Growing Support for Greater Engagement
The Cuban government has opened an embassy on United States soil for the first time since 1961, a key step in updating U.S.-Cuba relations for today's realities Now it's time to to help update Cuba's internet and telecommunications sector for the 21st century.