October 26, 2015  

US Cuba Flags

On August 14, 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Cuba to see the U.S. flag raised over the embassy there for the first time in more than five decades. This symbolically and substantively important moment signified a major shift in the relations between the two countries, which have been at each other's throats - literally and figuratively - since shortly after the success of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959. Important as the restoration of diplomatic relations is, however, the relations between the two countries are far from normal. Chief among the remaining barriers between the two countries remains the economic embargo that the U.S. maintains against Cuba, and which can only be eliminated through Congressional action. The embargo--referred to with the more bellicose term "blockade" on the island--has been the centerpiece of the US government's policy toward Cuba for the last 50 years.

On July 28, 2015, U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor (D-FL14) and Tom Emmer (R-MN06) introduced the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 (HR.3238) to lift the embargo and allow U.S. businesses to freely trade with Cuba.

NYU Washington, DC hosted a forum and panel discussion with U.S. Representative Tom Emmer and a panel of Cuba specialists who discussed the dynamics of political and economic change under way in Cuba, the political prospects for the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 in the U.S. Congress, and its likely political and economic impacts in both countries.


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Michael Danielson

Michael Danielson

Marguerite Rose Jimenez

Marguerite Rose Jimenez

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer

Jason Marczak

Jason Marczak

Marc Hanson

Marc Hanson