Former Member of the US House of Representatives (R-FL)
Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
"[Historical precedent] is precisely is why we maintain a trade and tourism embargo on the Cuban dictatorship. Because, first, it is in the national interest of the United States for there to be a democratic transition in Cuba, as it obviously is in the interest of the long-suffering people of Cuba.
Second... it is critical that external pressure be kept for a democratic transition to take place in Cuba once the dictator is no longer on the scene.
The gravely ill Fidel Castro might have given up some titles, but he remains the tyrant. At the time of his death, it will be critical for the U.S. embargo to be in place as it is today, with its lifting being conditioned on three fundamental developments: the liberation of all political prisoners; the legalization of all political parties, labor unions and the press; and the scheduling of free elections."
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:
Consultant, Genting Group, 2011-present
Chairman, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
Board member, Fundacion Hispano-Cubana
Attorney, Díaz-Balart, PLLC
Member, US House of Representatives (R-FL), 1993-2011
Former Vice Chairman, US House Committee on Rules
Former member, US House Foreign Affairs Committee
Former member, US House Committee on House Oversight
Member, Florida State Senate, 1989-1992
Member, Florida State House of Representatives, 1987-1989
JD, Case Western Reserve University, 1979
BA, International Relations, New College of Florida at Sarasota, 1976
Obtained diploma in British politics, Cambridge University, 1974