Washington, D.C.—In many ways the November 25 death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro symbolizes a turning point in Cuba’s history. However, it also comes at a time in which historic changes both on the island and in U.S.-Cuba relations are well underway.
As a research and advocacy organization that has monitored U.S.-Cuba policy and the situation in Cuba for decades, WOLA (the Washington Office on Latin America) has prepared two factsheets to help document the extent and importance of these shifts. These include:
- An overview of economic gains that the United States stands to benefit from normalizing relations with Cuba and increasing trade, travel and cultural exchanges.
- A look at the extent and impact of reforms implemented in recent years, which amount to the most ambitious political relaxation and expansion of the boundaries of economic activity seen in decades.
WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale has been closely studying the impact of engagement with Cuba and the process of reform there for over 20 years, and is available for comment on this historic moment.