Cuba: U.S. Policy Overview [Updated March 26, 2021]   [open pdf - 463KB]

From the Document: "Since the early 1960s, when the United States imposed a trade embargo on Cuba, the centerpiece of U.S. policy toward Cuba has consisted of economic sanctions aimed at isolating the Cuban government. [...] President Trump unveiled his Administration's Cuba policy in 2017, introducing new sanctions and rolling back efforts to normalize relations. By 2019, the Administration had largely abandoned engagement and, from 2019 to January 2021, significantly increased sanctions(see discussion below)--especially on travel and remittances--to pressure the Cuban government on human rights and for its support of the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro. Although many observers expect the Biden Administration to shift U.S. policy to focus again on engagement, sanctions imposed under the Trump Administration remain in place. During the U.S. election campaign, Biden said he would reverse Trump Administration policies that harmed the Cuban people without advancing democracy and human rights. The White House press secretary said on March 9 that although a Cuba policy shift was not among the President's top priorities, the Administration was 'committed to making human rights a core pillar' of policy and 'committed to carefully reviewing policy decisions made in the prior administration, including the decision to designate Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.'"

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CRS In Focus, IF10045
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