Cuba Study Group names new director

Ricardo “Ric” Herrero is the new executive director of the Cuba Study Group, a Washington, D.C., organization aimed at exploring “alternatives available in connection to the possible transition” of the Cuban government. Herrero replaces Andrew Otazo, the group’s executive director since 2016. Otazo “is stepping down to pursue other endeavors,” a Jan. 7 announcement said. … Read more

USAID’s approach to Venezuela

The U.S. Agency for International Development is running programs in seven nations to address the crisis in Venezuela. Those nations include Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a map last updated Nov. 9. USAID’s website states: USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and Office of Food … Read more

Planning for “strategic transitions” in foreign lands

The U.S. Agency for International Development has created roadmaps to signal when it may be time for a “strategic transition” in certain countries of interest. USAID’s 2019 “journey to self-reliance” roadmap for Cuba gives the nation high marks for health and education, but criticizes the socialist government’s commitment to open and accountable governance. The agency … Read more