Author Archives: Philip Peters

President Obama and Cuba Palabra Nueva Article by Philip Peters in the March 2010 issue of Palabra Nueva, the magazine of the Archdiocese of Havana. Follow these links to the original article in Spanish, the article in English translation, and the Palabra Nueva website [Read More...]
Hapless in Havana Published in ForeignPolicy.com, February 23 2010 Alan P. Gross of Maryland recently had the rare experience of being thrown in jail for doing his job. On Dec. 4, Cuban authorities arrested the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor at [Read More...]
Time to Lift the Ban on Travel to Cuba Statement before the Committee on Foreign Affairs United States House of Representatives Mr. Chairman, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen: I applaud you for convening this hearing and I’m pleased to state my strong belief that an end to Cuba travel restrictions is squarely [Read More...]
Hugonomics: Venezuela’s fight against poverty, and against the private sector Research Study Hugo Chavez was elected President of Venezuela in 1998 and has proceeded to lead and symbolize a new variant of the Latin American political left. His Bolivarian Revolution and his push toward socialism have been characterized by strong [Read More...]
Raulonomics: Tough Diagnosis and Partial Prescriptions in Raul Castro’s Economic Policies Cuban President Raul Castro has been at the head of Cuba’s government for nearly three years, as acting President since July 2006 and as President since February 2008. His time in office has been marked by stark assessments of Cuba’s [Read More...]
TV Marti: An Idea Whose Time Has Come – and Gone Mr. Chairman, members of the Subcommittee: I appreciate the opportunity to join you today to discuss TV Marti in the context of U.S. policy toward Cuba. I support public diplomacy in the large sense of that term, encompassing information and [Read More...]
Diplomacy with Cuba and U.S. National Security Mr. Chairman, members of the Subcommittee: Thank you for this opportunity to discuss the security aspects of American policy toward Cuba. I believe that a shift toward a policy of engagement with Cuba would serve U.S. interests at a time [Read More...]
The Administration’s Cuba Family Sanctions: Time for Repeal Mr. Chairman, members of the Subcommittee: Thank you for inviting me to address the issue of U.S. sanctions that limit Cuban American visits and aid to their family members in Cuba. I oppose all restrictions on American travel to Cuba, [Read More...]
Congress Moving to Increase UN Support Issue Brief Conflicts over the war in Iraq and turmoil at the Justice Department are obscuring a rare case of cooperation between the Administration and Capitol Hill. The White House has asked for greater support for the United Nations’ budget [Read More...]
“True Believer” Leaves Many Questions Unanswered The 16-year career of Ana Belen Montes as an agent of Cuban intelligence came to a prosaic end the morning of September 21, 2001. Her supervisor at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where she was the top Cuba analyst, directed [Read More...]
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