Consultant, Cuba Project


Raised in Cuba, Elizabeth Newhouse has been directing CIP’s Cuba project since 2014, after serving as a consultant organizing and accompanying CIP delegations and people-to-people trips to Cuba and writing reports on Cuba’s disaster management and race relations and on U.S.-Cuba policy and environmental cooperation. 


She organized or co-organized conferences in Washington on Cuba oil drilling, environmental collaboration, and U.S.-Cuba normalization, and in Miami on Cuban Americans and the vote, and she also has worked with moderate Cuban Americans to advocate for engagement.  Earlier she was on the staff of the National Geographic as a senior editor, writer, and publisher. 


As director of travel publishing, she managed a $9 million multipart books program that produced more than 30 titles a year on travel, culture, history, nature, and adventure.  In addition, she has served as a lecturer on Cuban history and culture, and on U.S.-Cuba relations.  In 2002-2003 Newhouse was a member of the Cuba Advisory Group, a blue-ribbon committee established by the Center for National Policy to advocate for negotiating an end to the embargo. 


Her book, Cuba (National Geographic 1999), was cited by the Los Angeles Times for its “scholarly command of Cuba’s history.”

Recent Publications

Report: A Century of Unstable Tourism in the Caribbean

by Ocean Doctor, CIP


Lessons Learned and Opportunities from Cuba...

Latest News

A New Era in U.S.-Cuba Relations

by Elizabeth Newhouse

Cuba Project


Negotiators from the United States and Cuba met in Washington last week to finalize an agreement on re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. When they adjourned on May 22, they were so close to final agreement that Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the chief U.S. negotiator, said another round of talks would probably not even be necessary. In a matter of weeks, it is likely that the American flag will be flying over our old embassy building in Havana... READ MORE »