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Jeff Jacoby, JD Biography

Op-Ed columnist for the Boston Globe
Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"

“Some 2.4 million tourists visited Cuba last year, more than 800,000 of them Canadians. For that matter, tens of thousands of Americans make it to Cuba each year, despite the restrictions. Yet for all that exposure to foreign citizens, money, and ideas, the power of the Castro brothers is undiminished.

The travel ban and embargo have not ended Cuba’s misery, but lifting them unilaterally will only make that misery worse. Rewarding the dictators who keep Cuba in chains is not the way to set Cubans free.”

“Lift Embargo on Cuba? Not So Fast,” Boston Globe, Aug. 25, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
  • Op-Ed columnist, Boston Globe, 1994-present
  • Board member, Ford Hall Forum
  • Recipient, Thomas Paine Award, Institute for Justice, 2004
  • Recipient, Breindel Prize, 1999
  • Chief editorial writer, Boston Herald, 1987-1994
  • Former political commentator, WBUR-FM
  • Former host, Talk of New England television program
  • Assistant to Dr. John Silber, president of Boston University., 1985-1987
  • Deputy manager of Raymond Shamie’s senatorial campaign, 1984
  • Former attorney, Baker & Hostetler, 1983-1984
  • JD, Boston University School of Law, 1983
  • BA, George Washington University, 1979
  • Twitter handle: @Jeff_Jacoby
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