Hemisphere Focus - Vol. 06, Issue 7 — January 19, 1999
Cuba Alert - New Policy Initiatives Reaffirm Fundamentals of U.S. Policy toward the Castro Regime
January 19, 1999
· The embargo on the Castro regime continues to be the cornerstone of U.S. policy toward Cuba, which is designed to promote democratic changes in that regime while providing humanitarian assistance to the Cuban people.
· A recent report by an independent Council on Foreign Relations' Task Force on U.S.-Cuban Relations in the 21st Century concluded that "U.S. policy toward Cuba, including the embargo, has enjoyed real, though not total, success" and that the United States should "concentrate on supporting, nurturing, and strengthening the civil society that is slowly, tentatively, but persistently beginning to emerge in Cuba today beneath the shell of Cuban communism."
· The recently announced policy initiatives by the Clinton Administration are consistent with this new focus and existing U.S. law (except for the change in food and agricultural sales, which remains the subject of debate).