Karina Bathyany, Executive Secretary of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), spoke at a symposium at the University of Havana about the continued U.S. embargo against Cuba. “The Cuban people have been facing this hostile policy for nearly 60 years, and it has even worsened.” The PhD explained that CLACSO analyzed the impact of the U.S. embargo on the social, cultural and political level in Cuba. The purpose was to demonstrate the perseverance, resistance and creativity of Cubans so that other countries in the region can learn from their experiences.
It has been estimated that the country has lost nearly $40 billion in tourism from the U.S. over the blockade’s lifespan. While visitor numbers spiked after the travel ban was lifted, they have been on a steady declining since. What explains the decline? And what are the other negative consequences of the embargo? How could an end to the embargo benefit both Cuba and the US?