Last updated on: 4/17/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Gordon G. Chang, JD Biography

Title:
Columnist for Forbes.com
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
Reasoning:

“The [New York] Times cites our trade with China as a reason for ending the Cuban embargo, but this example merely illustrates that American policy has been inconsistent. Trade with China, if it shows anything, demonstrates that there is little correlation between commerce and political liberalization, at least over the short term…

Even if we lift the embargo, Castro’s successors will not allow their economy to be overrun by American tourists, investors, and corporate executives…

An embargo helped kill communism in Europe, and it can also end it in the Caribbean. One day we will establish normal trading relations with Cuba, but that should not be before the people there govern themselves…

The embargo has been working all along, and it is up to the Cuban dictators to relax their grip, not us.”

“In Defense of the Cuban Embargo,” Commentary Magazine, Feb. 20, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to foreign policy in general or the Cuba embargo specifically. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to foreign policy in general or the Cuba embargo specifically.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Columnist, Forbes.com
  • Blogger, World Affairs Journal
  • Trustee, Cornell University
  • Former counsel, Paul Weiss law firm
  • Former partner, Baker & McKenzie law firm
  • Education:
  • JD, Cornell University, 1976
  • AB, Cornell University, 1973
  • Other:
  • Has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, the BBC, and Bloomberg Television, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • Has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, and the Pentagon
  • Has spoken at universities such as Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale, and at organizations including The Brookings Institution, The Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, and RAND
  • Twitter handle: @GordonGChang
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?