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You are the vice president of a sugar company based in southern Florida. Your firm is struggling lately to meet demand because of poor harvests in the Caribbean Islands where your firm sources most of its raw product. Because of the Helms-Burton Act and the U.S. embargo on Cuba, your firm is not allowed to trade with Cuba. If the embargo were dropped, your firm would have an excellent source of cheap sugar, and profits would improve significantly. A U.S. senator from your state of Florida serves on an influential committee in Washington, D.C., that is reviewing the status of the embargo on Cuba.

QUESTION:

What arguments do you provide your senator that could help eliminate this trade barrier?

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1. If the embargo were dropped, your firm would have an excellent source of cheap sugar, and profits would improve significantly. A U.S. senator from your state of Florida serves on an influential committee in Washington, D.C., that is reviewing the status of the embargo on Cuba. What arguments do you provide your senator that could help eliminate this trade barrier?

Colvin (2008) presents some compelling arguments explaining why diplomatic and humanitarian engagement would be good politics and great foreign policy-- rethinking the the status of the Cuban embargo. For the first time, in fact, Colvin (2008) points out that Florida politics now allow-and even encourage-the incoming administration to rethink the embargo.

Some arguments i(Collin, 2008) include:

1. It supports human rights. Cuban Americans increasingly believe that the best way to support human rights in Cuba is to have more contact with family and friends and to engage directly with the Cuban government. Cuban Americans also care more about politicians?positions on the economic crisis and healthcare than on Fidel Castro. "There is a generational and economic shift,?says Joe Garcia, who ran a competitive race this year against Mario Diaz-Balart, a Cuban American congressman who supports current policy. While Garcia lost in his bid to unseat Diaz- Balart, he points to the U.S. economic crisis and anger over the restrictions on travel and remittances by Cuban Americans as factors which are increasingly influencing voters in South Florida.1 (Colvin, 2008)

2. It reflects public opinion in Florida. Shifting demographics among the broader Hispanic population in Florida also favor a new approach to Cuba. ...

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