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Richard Lugar, MA Biography

Former US Senator (R-IL)
Con to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"

“U.S. law lets American citizens travel to any country on earth, friend or foe — with one exception: Cuba. It’s time for us to scrap this anachronistic ban…

This ban has prevented contact between Cubans and ordinary Americans, who serve as ambassadors for the democratic values we hold dear. Such contact would help break Havana’s chokehold on information about the outside world. And it would contribute to improving the image of the United States, particularly in Latin America, where the U.S. embargo on Cuba remains a centerpiece of anti-Washington grievances…

Finally, while travel restrictions are contrary to our foreign policy interests, they also impede the right of Americans to freedom of speech, association and to travel. Sometimes a travel ban may be necessary, but nothing about the Cuba situation today justifies such an infringement on our basic liberties.”

Cowritten with Howard Berman, LLB, “Lift the Ban — Let Americans Visit Cuba,” Miami Herald, Nov. 17, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Practice, School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University, 2013-present
  • Co-chair, Indiana University International Advisory Committee, 2013-present
  • Advisory board member, America Abroad Media, Center for International Media Assistance, and American Political Science Association
  • Board member, Nuclear Threat Initiative, International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), and Close Up Foundation
  • Recipient, Statesmanship Awards, US Association of Former Members of Congress, 2013
  • US Senator (R-IL), 1977-2013
  • Recipient, Commitment to Development “Ideas in Action” Award, Center for Global Development (CGD) and The FP Group, 2012
  • Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 1985-1987 and 2003-2007
  • Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, 1995-2001
  • Mayor, Indianapolis, IN, 1968-1975
  • Member, US Navy, 1956-1960
  • Recipient, Distinguished Eagle Scout award
  • MA, Pembroke College, Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, 1956
  • BA, Denison University, 1954
  • Born Apr. 4, 1932 in Indianapolis, IN
  • Known as Dick Lugar
  • Co-sponsored 1991 legislation with Sen. Sam Nunn to establish Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which dismantled nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union.
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?