How the U.S. Can Support Cuba’s Emerging Private Sector

By William M. LeoGrande

The Biden administration can take four key steps to increase support for Cuban entrepreneurs.

There is one aspect of U.S. policy toward Cuba—and only one—that Presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden all agreed on: supporting Cuba’s private business sector. Ever since the Cuban government legalized small businesses in the 1990s, Washington has seen the private sector as an actor that could move Cuba toward a more open economy and, as it gains economic power, toward more democratic politics. Last May, President Biden promised to increase U.S. support for independent Cuban entrepreneurs, but he has not actually done much so far. The Cuban government’s attitude...

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