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End of the Exit Visa in Cuba?

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
October 16, 2012 |

After literally years upon years of rumors that the Cuban government was planning to implement migration reforms, today, finally it did indeed publish significant changes to Cuba's migration law in the Gaceta Oficial. After several years of economic reforms, some of which came ever so slowly and others of which seemed to cycle out rather quickly, such as new rules for property sales, these changes to Cuban migration law represent the first substantial political reform enacted by Raul Castro's government.

Are Hard-Line Cuban-Americans Strong as Ever? | New York Times, "Room For Debate"

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
April 13, 2012 |

Old Guard Are Reliable Voters, and Organized
Ozzie Guillen’s apology for praising Fidel Castro and the Miami Marlins’ decision to suspend him reaffirmed the enduring influence of passionate anti-Castro Cubans there. But this furor does not reflect Cuban Americans’ monolithic attitudes toward the island. The most hard-line voices in Miami, largely the older generaion, may be the loudest and most firmly established, but they are no longer the most numerous, as reflected in repeated polls over the last several years.

Is the Embargo Doomed? A Fight Over the Future of Cuban American Politics

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
December 27, 2011 |

When Congress nearly failed to continue funding the government recently, one of the provisions in the spending bill that they couldn't agree on was an obscure bit of legislation related to the almost 50-year-old embargo of Cuba.

The provision -- which was eventually dropped -- would have reinstated a Bush administration policy that restricted Cuban Americans to visiting family in Cuba only once every three years, and then only to immediate family and with no humanitarian exceptions -- even for deathbed and funeral visits.

Christmas in Havana: President Obama Prevails on Cuban Family Travel Rules

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
December 16, 2011 |

Whenever someone asked me why we have the same anachronistic policy toward an island nation 90 ninety from our shores that we have had for half a century, I generally tell them that Cuba simply "doesn't matter." In a big-picture sense, our policy hasn't changed (or has only gotten hotter) since the Cold War ended and left two combatants behind on the field.

How the IMF and World Bank Could Save Cuba's Economy — Defying the U.S. Embargo

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
November 18, 2011 |

I've just finished reading a new report by Professor Richard Feinberg, a former Clinton administration official and non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution.  "Reaching Out: Cuba's New Economy and the International Response," clocked in at a daunting 101 pages but should nonetheless be required reading for anyone following the island nation's long-awaited economic restructuring.

Is US Failing to Respond to Reform in Cuba?

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
November 11, 2011 |

For the first time in 50 years, Cubans will be able to freely buy and sell their homes. As news of this long-awaited and the biggest yet of Raul Castro’s slow-moving but continuing, irreversible economic reform campaign in Cuba reverberated on and off the island, policymakers in Washington are increasingly – embarrassingly – out of step with what’s actually happening on the island today. It's like the US embargo has become a wax feature at Madame Tussauds: questionably life-like and stuck forever in one moment in time.

Cuba Legalizes Private Real Estate Transactions

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
November 4, 2011 |

On the heels of news that Cubans would now be allowed to buy and sell used cars of any kind (they used to only be allowed to do so with the pre-1950’s era almendrones sputtering around the island), today Cuba announced that natural-born Cubans and permanent residents will now have the right to buy and sell their homes, and transfer ownership to others on the island.

Majority of Cuban-Americans for Warmer U.S.-Cuba Ties, Poll Says, But...

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
October 19, 2011 |

Florida International University has just released the results of a poll on Cuban American attitudes on Cuba and US policies (this is their tenth poll over the last twenty years). This latest FIU poll raises a lot of the big questions on the table right now and gets some contradictory answers.

Cuba Wrap-Up: U.S. Fugitives, Prisoner Swaps, and a Spike in Illegal Immigration

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
October 17, 2011 |

As reasonable Cuba watchers were tearing our hair out over US envoy Bill Richardson's failed mission to Cuba, and growing increasingly despairing over the bitter tit-for-tat that followed, two fugitives from American justice were apprehended in Cuba and turned over to US marshals, who then escorted them back to New Jersey where they appeared in court on murder, kidnapping, and arson charges. The two stand accused of killing a 23 year-old man just over one year ago. New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez's press release thanking Cuban authorities for their cooperation is here (Just kidding).

One of 'Cuban Five' Spies to Walk Free Today in Florida

  • By
  • Anya Landau French,
  • New America Foundation
October 7, 2011 |

When Rene Gonzalez, one of five Cuban agents reviled by Miami hardliners and celebrated by the Havana government and its supporters, walks out of a Miami prison today after serving 13 years of a 15 year sentence, where will he go and who will be there to greet him? This is a question someone in the Obama administration surely must have considered, because how they answer could cost them – and the Miami Dade Police Department – dearly.

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