The Foreign Service Journal - October 2014 - page 16

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OCTOBER 2014
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
seems unwilling or unable to confront
a well-organized anti-Cuba lobby and
push for further progress.” He has not
used his executive power since easing
Cuban travel restrictions in January 2011.
where he has been detained since 2009.
He was apprehended attempting to
establish a communications network on
the island without Cuban government
knowledge or approval.
Cuba will not release him without
rst seeing a U.S. gesture—and the
Obama administration insists Cuba must
improve human rights and release Gross
rst.
In April, hardliners in the anti-Cuba
lobby rushed to the USAID programs’
the United Nations, had to admit that
the failed projects were something of an
embarrassment.
Others inside and outside of the
foreign a airs community are concerned
that USAID’s reputation as a leader in
human development and welfare could
be sullied because of the Cuba situation.
“It’s another example of the danger
of trying to use foreign assistance as a
weapon rather than to support the host
government,”
, a
former USAID legal department o cial
who is now a consultant to Gilbert LLP,
attorneys for the Gross family in pending
litigation. “When they drift from their
core mission, it substantially impairs
trust and credibility.”
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Susan Brady Maitra
Managing Editor
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