The Obama Rapprochement with the Castro Regime: The Anatomy of a Policy Failure

Subcommittee on National Security
Subcommittee on National Security
Hearing Date: January 16, 2018 9:00 am Miami Dade College

PURPOSE:
  • To examine actions taken by the United States to normalize relations with Cuba.
  • To explore the dangers associated with further normalizing U.S. diplomatic relations with the Castro regime.
BACKGROUND:
  • In December 2014, the Obama Administration removed Cuba from the U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, restored diplomatic relations between the two countries, loosened American restrictions on travel and commerce, and made a presidential visit to Cuba.
  • The Castro regime continues to engage in political repression, human rights abuses, harbors terrorists and fugitives, and maintains strong ties to other regimes hostile to the U.S.
  • In November 2017, the Trump Administration announced new restrictive regulations on Cuba.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
The Honorable Otto Reich President Otto Reich Associates, LLC Document
Ms. Ana Quintana Policy Analyst Heritage Foundation Document
Dr. Javier Garcia-Bengochea, MD Certified Claimant Document
Dr. Jaime Suchlicki Director Cuban Studies Institute Document