US-Cuba Policy and the National Interest: Expanding the Dialogue

Emerging From Conflict Project

Project Description

This project consists of a series of linked events to address key issues of US policy toward Cuba that are of concern to an increasing number of organizations, groups, and agencies. The timing of the project coincides with recent events that have prompted a review of US foreign policy in general and, in particular, the impact it will have on US-Cuba relations. The project encapsulates three years of Emerging From Conflict programming and program development work on US-Cuba relations, which began with the Stanley Foundation's Strategy for Peace Conference roundtable on this topic held in 1998. Because of the complexity of the issues and the broad range of actors involved, the project includes many different types of activities that are appropriate to the varying aspects of public discussion, political dialogue, and policy formulation.

The project comprises three major events combined with a number of reporting activities that will be organized between September 2001 and May 2002.

  • Washington, DC, Policy Forum
    "Securing the Third Border: Cuba, the Caribbean, and US Foreign Policy Options", was held November 1, 2001, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The one-day event brought together a group of government and nongovernment specialists working on some security-related aspect of the US-Cuba relationship.
  • East Coast Policy Meeting
    "How Should Cuba Fit in US Strategy Formulation?" was held January 24-26, 2002 at Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton Virginia. The two day workshop brought together government officials and policy analysts to discuss issues regarding current policy toward Cuba.
  • West Coast Policy Meeting
    "Cuba and US Policy: Looking Ahead" was held on March 1, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. The second Cuba policy workshop was held in cooperation with the Pacific Council on International Policy and was designed to complement the East Coast policy meeting at Airlie Conference Center.
  • Publications
    The Stanley Foundation will publish and distribute a nonattributed policy bulletin based on the findings of the two off-the-record policy meetings. Policy bulletins will be ready for release in late spring of 2002.
  • Briefings
    Two congressional briefings are scheduled, one in early December and the other to coincide with the release of the policy bulletin in spring of 2002.