Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. Professor of Social Ethics at Loyola University Chicago
Con to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
"In the American imagination, the embargo serves mostly to deny us access to Cohibas and Havana Club rum, but its damage to the Cuban people has been, and continues to be, pervasive and profound. It affects their access to everything from electricity to video games to shoes. It has prevented Cubans from buying medical supplies from American companies, from buying pesticides and fertilizer, from purchasing Microsoft Word or downloading Adobe Acrobat. It has restricted how much money Cuban Americans can send to their families on the island...
'This is a new day — es un nuevo día — between our two countries,' President Obama announced in March to journalists assembled at the Plaza de la Revolución. But for all the improvements in U.S.–Cuban relations over the past two years, that new day will not really come until the embargo is lifted in its entirety.
Certainly the embargo has left deep scars. It has continued for more than half a century, doing its worst damage at times when Cubans were at their most vulnerable, with aggressive enforcement that in critical ways continues to this day."
Experts Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, as well as members of US Congress with significant involvement in or related to foreign policy in general or the Cuba embargo specifically. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. Professor of Social Ethics, Loyola University Chicago, Jan. 2015-present
Senior Fellow, Global Justice Program, Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, 2010-2011