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. The president may also address the ongoing Colombian peace talks in Havana amid hopes that a bilateral ceasefire might be established soon. After Cuba, the president will travel on to Argentina to meet with the administration of the newly-elected President Mauricio Macri.
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) is a leading research and advocacy organization advancing human rights in the Americas, and has advocated for the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations for the last 20 years. WOLA Senior Associate Marc Hanson will be in Havana during the visit. He can be reached at (011) 53 05 847 1655, or at [email protected].
Ahead of the trip, WOLA has produced a series of resources on the wide range of issues at play, including:
- Audio of a March 16 press conference call on the visit and its significance for U.S. relations with Cuba, Colombia, and Argentina.
- The latest updates on the economic and political reforms underway in Cuba.
- How engagement with Cuba can encourage improvements in human rights and political freedoms there.
- Recent public opinion shifts in the United States, in which a majority of Americans of all political stripes now support ending the U.S. trade embargo.
- A multimedia series assessing the potential for a ceasefire between Colombia and its largest guerrilla group, and the issues that must be addressed in order to ensure a lasting peace.
- A statement on the Obama administration’s recent decision to declassify military and intelligence documents related to Argentina’s “Dirty War” period