Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Obama Transition Structure related to Cuba

text from Change.Gov (except for inserts)
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Policy Working Groups


The focus of the Policy Working Groups will be to develop the priority policy proposals and plans from the Obama Campaign for action during the Obama-Biden Administration. The Policy Working Groups will focus on the following areas: Economy, Education, Energy & Environment, Health Care, Immigration, National Security, and Technology, Innovation & Government Reform.

Check for updates here or at http://change.gov/learn/policy_working_groupsNational Security


The National Security Policy Working Group works closely with key experts and our agency review teams to help prepare the President-elect, Vice President-elect and senior national security appointees as they are named to make early decisions on critical national security issues.

James B. Steinberg is dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs (2006-present) and is a former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Clinton (1996-2000). His previous positions include vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution (2001-2005), director of the Policy Planning Staff (1994-1996) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1993-1994) at the U.S. Department of State. He is the author of and contributor to many books on foreign policy and national security topics, including, most recently, with Kurt Campbell, Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Power.

Dr. Susan E. Rice served most recently as a Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Obama for America campaign while on leave from the Brookings Institution where she is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development Programs. Rice currently serves on the Obama-Biden Transition Project Advisory Board. From 1997-2001, she was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Prior to that, Rice served in the White House at the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs and as Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping. Rice was previously a management consultant at McKinsey and Company. She received her B.A. in History with Honors from Stanford University and her M.Phil. and D.Phil. (Ph.D.) degrees in International Relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Group Members

Jeffrey Bader, Jeremy Bash, Antony Blinken, Gregory Craig, Ivo Daalder, Richard Danzig, Mary De Rosa, Michele Flournoy, Stephen Flynn, Michelle Gavin, Philip Gordon, Scott Gration, Frank Januzzi, Colin Kahl, Elizabeth King, Paul Kurtz, Daniel Kurtzer, Ellen Laipson, Mark Lippert, Denis McDonough, Michael McFaul, Carlos Monje, Erin O'Connor, Peter Ogden, Joseph Paulsen, Daniel Restrepo, Bruce Riedel, Dennis Ross, Mara Rudman, Whitney Schneidman, Eric Schwartz, Sarah Sewall, Daniel Shapiro, Steven Simon, Peter Singer, Gayle Smith, Mona Sutphen, Jennifer Urizar, Toni Verstandig, Jeremy Weinstein

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Obama-Biden Transition: Agency Review Teams

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http://change.gov/learn/obama_biden_transition_agency_review_teams


The Agency Review Teams for the Obama-Biden Transition will complete a thorough review of key departments, agencies and commissions of the United States government, as well as the White House, to provide the President-elect, Vice President-elect, and key advisors with information needed to make strategic policy, budgetary, and personnel decisions prior to the inauguration. The Teams will ensure that senior appointees have the information necessary to complete the confirmation process, lead their departments, and begin implementing signature policy initiatives immediately after they are sworn in.

[Italicized comments are my inserts about the way Cuba falls within their mandate.. J McA]


State Department

[In addition to implementing US foreign policy on Cuba, the State Department controls visas of Cubans seeking to visit the US for family or professional reasons and guides Cuba decisions in Commerce and Treasury.]

Natasha Bilimoria, Esther Brimmer, Lee Feinstein, Robert Gelbard, Matthew Goodman, Michael Guest, Vicki Huddleston, Joseph Huggins, Brian McKeon, Samantha Power, Puneet Talwar, Linda Eddleman, Daniel Restrepo, Toni Verstandig


USAID

[USAID handles Cuba Democracy Funds that are channeled through US and European groups seen by the Cubans as illicit instruments of attempted regime change.]

Frederick Barton, Wendy Chamberlin, Valerie Dickson-Horton, Sheila Herrling, Larry Nowels, Semhar Araia, Camilla DiMartino, Jeremy Weinstein


Treasury Department

[The Treasury Department is the home of the Office of Foreign Assets Control which has politically controlled travel to Cuba and licensed cash grants for humanitarian assistance and educational programs.]

Stephen Abrecht, Erika Brown, Alastair Fitzpayne, Mary Goodman, James Greene, Robert Kahn, Edward Knight, Rebecca Levin, Marne Levine, Robert Litan, Donald Lubick, James Millstein, Cantwell Muckenfuss III, Emanuel Pleitez, Rosa Rios, David Vandivier, William Wechsler, James Wetzler, Jacqueline Wong, Jide Zeitlin, Julie Chon, Lawrence Parks, James Polsfut, Ira Hobbs, Ronald Blackwell


Commerce Department

[The Commerce Department plays a role on exports to Cuba and on licensing of in kind humanitarian aid .]

Elizabeth Echols, David Festa, Clarence Irving, Jr., Ray Kammer, F. Michael Kelleher, Terri Ann Lowenthal, Monica Medina, Arti Rai, Jonathan Sallet, David McMillen, Sally Ericsson, James Halpert, Scott Harris, Sally Yozell, Joyce Ward, Mike Kelleher, Monica Medina, Diane Cornell

4 comments:

Tom said...

I urge the transition team to work for real change in the U.S.' outdated and ineffective Cuba policy by suggesting to President Obama that he lift travel restrictions to Cuba to the fullest extent possible without Congressional authorization - and then work to eliminate the embargo without any quid pro quo. As general counsel to the human rights organization Global Exchange I have devoted thousands of pro bono hours defending Cuba travelers over the past decades, and I need a rest! Most Cuban-Americans favor lifting the travel restrictions as well!

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