New Hopes and Realities in Cuban American Relations: A ‘Neuvo Momento’ (2016)

Responding to a 2014 request for a report on Cuba and US policy, the General Assembly anticipated and went further than the Obama Administration in recommending normalization and understanding changes already underway. Building on the strong relationship maintained between the Presbyterian-Reformed Church of Cuba and the PCUSA since the 1959 Revolution, and with the help of the Cuba Partners Network, this report looks at the transition from an atheistic to a secular state, social achievements and human rights challenges, and the counter-productive role of the US embargo and other official hostility, long after the Cold War and international scorn for the prison and occupation of Guantanamo Bay. The Report may be more vital in light of efforts to reverse US policies on trade, tourism, and diplomatic relations.