US–Cuba diplomatic deterioration | Industry concerned about the impact on scientific exchanges between the two countries



The worsening diplomatic relationship between the US and Cuba under the Trump administration is hampering scientific collaboration between the two nations.

The White House announced new rules in June that essentially ban travel by US citizens to Cuba except in about a dozen scenarios, including professional research or professional meetings. The current administration has reversed much of the easing of travel restrictions under the Obama administration, but international scientific exchanges can continue under the general licensing provisions of the US Treasury Department, according to Glenn Ruskin, spokesperson for the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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