Last updated on: 4/25/2013 | Author:

Juan Carlos Hidalgo, MA Biography

Policy Analyst on Latin America at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute
Con to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"

“You don’t need to think hard to understand why the embargo and travel ban on Cuba have failed: the Castro brothers are still in power in Havana. Five decades of economic sanctions—the most stringent Washington has imposed on any country—have failed to bring about a democratic transformation of Cuba. Moreover, the embargo has served as a scapegoat to the regime.

Ironically, those who argue that national security concerns are reasons to oppose changing U.S. policy towards Cuba ignore that the embargo has also become somewhat of a U.S. security liability itself. A 2007 report by the Government Accountability Office points out that enforcing the embargo and travel ban diverts limited resources from homeland security that could be used to keep terrorists and criminals out of the United States.”

“Hagel’s Common Sense on Cuba,” Cato Institute website, Jan. 15, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Policy Analyst on Latin America, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute
  • Columnist, “Por la Libre” (“For Free”), El Financiero
  • Member, Mont Pelerin Society
  • Former Latin America director, International Policy Network
  • MA, International Commerce and Policy, George Mason University
  • BA, International Relations, Universidad Nacional (Costa Rica)
  • Twitter handle: @jchidalgo
  • Television appearances include BBC News, CNN en Español, Univisión, Telemundo, Voice of America, Al Jazeera, and Bloomberg TV
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?