State Department’s Cuba strategy

Integrated Country Strategy Cuba Table of Contents 1. Chief of Mission Priorities …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2 2. Mission Strategic Framework ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 7 3. Mission Goals and Objectives ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 8 4. Management Objectives………………………………………………………………………………………………….11 1. Chief of Mission Priorities Miguel Diaz-Canel was appointed president of Cuba, replacing his mentor, Raul Castro, on April 19, 2018, and since then, there … Read more

A billion here, a billion there…

Over the past three decades, the U.S. government has spent more than $1 billion for broadcasting to Cuba and for democracy programs on the island. On Oct. 31, the Congressional Research Service, or CRS reported: From FY1984 through FY2018, Congress appropriated about $882 million for broadcasting to Cuba. The Trump Administration’s FY2019 request is for … Read more

Florida lawmaker calls for “boots on the ground” in Cuba

When lawmakers met to discuss U.S. policy toward Cuba, Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., scolded Cuba for its “close relations with Russia.” He might as well have criticized the Trump administration for the same. But the hearing was about Cuba, not Russia, and the unexplained health attacks on U.S. personnel in Havana topped the agenda. Said … Read more

U.S. official threatens to quit Internet task force

Tomás Regalado, director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, threatened to resign from the Cuba Internet Task Force if members did not agree to reject any deals with the Cuban government. Radio & TV Martí quoted Regalado as saying: My position was very clear. I said that as a member of this commission I asked, … Read more

U.S. spends $1.5 million to train Cuban leaders

In June 2015, the State Department announced a program to send at least 15 Cubans to graduate school in the United States so they could “more effectively establish, lead, manage, and grow independent organizations in Cuba.” On Sept. 30, 2015, the International Research and Exchanges Board, or IREX, snagged the contract, worth $1,584,158. The Cuban … Read more