Waging Peace: Cuba
May 2002 Trip
During a historic trip in May 2002 as the first former or sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since the 1959 Cuban revolution, President Carter called on the U.S. and Cuban governments to mend relations.
He urged the United States to end its economic embargo against Cuba, in place since 1960, and President Fidel Castro to hold free elections, improve human rights, and allow greater civil liberties. President Carter's main goals were to meet Cuban people from all walks of life, to establish a dialogue with President Castro and other government officials, and to explore ways to ease the relationship between the United States and Cuba. Read full text >
March 2011 Trip
At the invitation of Cuban President Raul Castro, President Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and a small Carter Center delegation visited Havana on behalf of The Carter Center in March 2011. During the three-day visit, President Carter called for more human rights in the country and urged U.S. officials to end the prohibition on trade.
While in the country, President Carter saw Alan Gross, a U.S. aid contractor who was arrested in December 2010 and was serving a 15-year sentence in a Cuban prison. President Carter urged that the American be granted a humanitarian release. Gross was released in December 2014. Read full text >