Lifting the embargo on Cuba is not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. Experts from Havana and Washington weigh in. ... Play Video
Lifting the embargo on Cuba "is not a matter of if, it's a matter of when," U.S. Congressman Tom Emmer told AS/COA Online a couple of months after introducing a bill to end the embargo. In this video explainer, AS/COA's Alana Tummino joins Emmer and U.S. Commerce Department's Kelly Welsh on the implications of changing relations. Plus, Economist Ileana Díaz Fernández of the University of Havana reminds us change will take time, and that "a relationship of neighbors rather than enemies" is already a good start.
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The U.S. congressman who introduced a bill to lift the embargo explains what it will take to change a more than 50-year-old policy. ... Play Video
Tom Emmer, U.S. Representative (R-MN)
Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Embargoes only hurt the people they are trying to help, said Representative Tom Emmer, who introduced the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 along with Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL). Though Democrats have been supportive since the start, Emmer says he has also received support from Republicans, which make up nine of the bill's 10 cosponsors. Emmer went on to describe his experience visiting Havana, as well as Minnesota's trade relations with Cuba over the last decade.