I’ve just published my first piece with Al-Jazeera English, discussing why the 60-year US embargo against Cuba has not succeeded, and arguing that lifting these sanctions could actually be President Biden’s greatest blow against the Communist regime.
From the piece:
Cuba-policy hardliners have implicitly accepted the human and economic costs of the embargo as acceptable in order to achieve the goal of undermining the communist regime. They will point towards the unprecedented level of protests currently going on in Cuba as evidence that the embargo is working. It’s not. Yes, Cubans are angry at the economic hardships and pandemic suffering happening amongst their population. But as Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel uses repression and anti-US rhetoric to contain the protests, there’s little indication that the regime is in immediate danger.