USA*Engage is a coalition of businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad and educate the public about the ineffectiveness of unilateral economic foreign policy sanctions. USA*Engage believes that positively engaging other societies through diplomacy, multilateral cooperation, the presence of American organizations, the best practices of American companies and humanitarian exchanges better advances U.S. objectives than
punitive unilateral economic sanctions. Learn More

Del Renigar of General Electric



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USA*Engage, was established in 1997 to address the recurring imposition of unilateral economic sanctions as a substitute for the rigors of diplomacy. A broad-based coalition of manufacturing, agricultural and services producers, USA*Engage continues to advocate that the people-to-people intelligence and understanding conferred by commercial engagement trumps the demonstrable failure – witness Cuba and Iraq – of interdictions on commercial activity.
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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
What to Make of the Cuba Handshake
By Jake Colvin
For as much as the media made of the handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, it's not nearly as juicy as other aspects of the U.S.-Cuba relationship.

The handshake itself is small potatoes.  President Obama was right not to have snubbed a handshake at a memorial for Nelson Mandela, which would have turned into an even bigger story. 

The reality is that there are much more important developments in the U.S.-Cuba relationship, and strong potential for principled engagement to further benefit the Cuban people and America's national interest.

Monday, 8 April 2013
Dealing with Iran
By Richard Sawaya
In the remarkable and riveting Israeli documentary, "The Gatekeepers," constructed around interviews with six former heads of Shin Bet, Ami Ayalon – recipient of the medal of valor, Israel's highest decoration; head of the Israeli Navy, who accepted the Shin Bet post only after Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, serving from 1996 through 2000 – paraphrases Von Clausewitz: "Victory is the creation of a new political reality."

He is commenting, as his five comrades do in their ways, on the paradox that has prevailed since the outcome of the 1967 war; that since Rabin's assassination, the series of tactical "successes" effected by Shin Bet in responding to terrorism and implementing occupation of the conquered territories has afforded successive Israeli governments the means to avoid a strategic agreement regarding a Palestinian state.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Rethinking Economic Sanctions: The Emperor Has No Clothes?
By Richard Sawaya
The financial bubble blowout of 2008 dealt a self-inflicted body blow to the U.S. economy. We avoided a collapse of the financial system by means of federal government intervention just in time. Many Americans do not realize the material calamities they were spared.

Over the past several years, Congress has enacted – and the Administration has multilaterally implemented – the equivalent of a financial system meltdown on the Islamic Republic of Iran and on Syria, by means of sanctions targeting the countries' financial systems. We do so to compel Iran's leaders to forego nuclear weapons and Syria's to accept regime change.