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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Monday, 1 June 2015
The Way Forward With Cuba
By Richard Sawaya, Vice President of USA*Engage
The May 20 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing “Cuba: The Way Forward” provided a valuable, if rare, moment of clarity about U.S. hemispheric policy. In his testimony, Ambassador Thomas Shannon, one of our most able and accomplished career diplomats, quoted Hans Morgenthau: “Our purpose is not to defend or preserve a present or restore a past, it is to create the future,” emphasizing that U.S. global engagement is meant to defend one kind of future against another kind of future.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
The New Status Quo and U.S.-Cuba Relations
By Richard Sawaya
The position of those in high dudgeon about President Obama’s negotiated change of policy with the Cuban regime can be summed up by former Texas governor Rick Perry’s declaration: “We got a bad deal. This administration basically empowered the Castro regime with no thought of the Cuban people.” While this may work as an applause-seeking sound bite, does it stand up to reason?
The U.S. embargo and its bilateral appurtenances are more than a half-century old. Brothers Fidel and Raul have seen nine U.S. presidents from both political parties come and go. During that time, the challenges born by the Cuban people are inarguable. But the embargo has compounded the problem.
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.