Lissa Weinmann

lissa weinmann



Socio-economic implications of national energy strategies
us nuclear power and nuclear waste management
US Latin America Policy
Cuban health care
Impacts of embargoes


Ms. Weinmann is a writer and communications/political consultant with diverse national and international public affairs experience currently focusing on the socioeconomic impacts and democratic implications of national energy strategies on communities across the world. 

Ms. Weinmann is expert on Latin American political economy with a long-time special interest in embargoes and U.S.-Cuba policy.  She directed the Cuba Project at the World Policy Institute from 1998 to 2010, a national educational program on the socio-economic impact U.S. policy toward Cuba on diverse national interests, Cuban Americans and Cuba itself.  The project pioneered the use of internet video and convened the highly successful annual ‘National Summits on Cuba’ which brought diverse domestic and international stakeholders together to discuss a Cuba policy that could better address shared needs, a discussion that culminated in a legislative opening of U.S. food sales to Cuba. 

Ms. Weinmann has consulted on a documentary films on nuclear power and Cuba’s healthcare system.

Before coming to WPI, she was vice president of Abernathy MacGregor Inc. in New York, a top U.S. investor relations / communications firm, where she specialized in Latin American corporate and government clients. 

She earned a BS in journalism at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a master of international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Ms. Weinmann was a founder and director of a bipartisan national coalition of prominent Americans who worked to normalize food and medical trade with Cuba: Americans for Humanitarian Trade with Cuba.

She serves as Vice President of the Brattleboro Film Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont and  co-owner of ‘The Laundromat,’ a multi-media cooperative arts space in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Directed national education effort on the domestic impact of U.S. embargo on Cuba;  foundor/director of Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba (AHTC); Vice President in Latin American communications strategy at Abernathy MacGregor Inc.   Masters thesis on the Colombia’s Consejo Regional Indigena del Cauca/impact of  drug trade and US eradication efforts on native communities; reporter/writer for various magazines and local newspapers.  Testimony to U.S. Congress and various domestic and international venues on  political and socio-economic impacts of U.S.-Cuba policy.


  • M.A. International Affairs
    School of International and Public Affairs
    Columbia University
  • B.S. Journalism
    Newhouse School of Public Communication
    Syracuse University


  • World Policy Institute
  • Brattleboro Film Festival

Clearcut with Michelle Makori
Interview on Hamas and GCC Crisis
i24 English, 6/13

Interview on GCC Crisis
Al Jazeera English, 6/12

“Newshour” – interview on GCC Crisis
Al Jazeera English, 6/10

6/9 – i24 English – “The Rundown” – interview on GCC Crisis

6/8 – i24 English – “Crossroads” – segment on Middle East Peace Process

6/6 – Al Jazeera English – “Newshour” –  interview on GCC Crisis

6/2 – Channel News Asia – “Trump announces US withdrawal from Paris climate deal

5/23 – i24 English – segment on Trump and prospects for peace in the Middle East 

5/22 – i24 English – “Crossroads” – segment on Trump’s trip to Israel

5/19 – i24 English – “The Rundown with Calev Ben David” (segment about Trump’s upcoming trip to the Middle East)

5/15 – i24 English – “Clearcut with Michelle Makori” (segment about Trump’s trip to the Middle East, and trouble in the Oval Office)

5/13 – CNN – Newsroom with Ana Cabrera (segment on North Korean missile test)

5/5 – i24 English – “Crossroads” (segment about Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel)

5/3 – Off-the-Record, On-the-Record, Interview with Evans J.R. Revere

4/16 – CNN – Newsroom with Ana Cabrera (segment on North Korea)

4/15 – CNN – Newsroom with Ana Cabrera (multiple segments on North Korea)

4/4 – CGTN – “US withdraws monetary support from United Nations Population Fund

4/3 – i24  – “Crossroads” (segment on new Hamas charter)

3/30 – Middle East Eye, “Tillerson in Turkey: Five big issues to watch

3/27 – i24 English, “Crossroads” (segment on tension between Israel and Hamas)

3/22 – Middle East Eye, “Anti-IS talks may boost beleaguered Trump team

3/22 – i24 English, “Crossroads” (segment on London terror attack)

2/20 – i24 English – “Stateside” (segment on Iraq, ISIS, and the Mosul Offensive)

2/16 – i24 English – “Crossroads” (segment on Iran, and the US national security advisor)

2/15 – CGTN – “AsiaToday” (segment on Iran, “Arab Spring,” and Proxy Wars)

2/8 – Orient TV – “The Axis” (talk show featuring discussion of Iran, Trump, and Russia)

1/19 – Al Jazeera – “The seven biggest threats to Donald Trump’s presidency

1/9 – Al Jazeera – “Barack Obama – So long, and thanks for all the speeches

1/9 –  Middle East Eye –  “Obama’s legacy, between caution achievement and failure

1/5 – Middle East Eye – “Trump’s first 100 days: ‘Most uncertain transition since World War II

1/1/2017 – CCTV – “New Leadership at the UN”

12/15 – The Spare Minute – discussion about Rex Tillerson

12/15 –  Diario de Noticias (Portugal) – “Fragile cease-fire leaves civilians waiting to leave Aleppo

12/12 – Middle East Eye – “New UN chief says Syria peace is top concern

11/20 – Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Podcast)

11/19 – Antara News (Indonesia) – “Indonesia not affected by US’ inward-looking policy

11/11 – CNN Indonesia –  “Trump Terpilih, Banyak Negara Diduga akan Buat Senjata Nuklir

11/11 – CNN Indonesia – “Donald Trump Berpotensi Ratakan Suriah dengan Tanah

11/11 – World Policy On Air, Ep. 93 – The “Unthinkable”

10/7 – CCTV – UN Security Council approves Portugal’s Guterres for secretary-general

10/7 – Channel News Asia – Security Council back’s Portugal’s Guterres as UN chief

10/6 – multiple appearances on Radio New Zealand (Checkpoint, Morning Report, WorldWatch) discussing selection of Antonio Guterres for UN Secretary General

10/5 – Dennik N (Slovakia) – Lajcak lost in the fight for the post of head of the UN, which chose Guterres of Portugal 

10/3 – Middle East Eye – Obama pulls the plug on ‘phony diplomatic process’ in Syria

9/29 – Off the Record, On the Record – Interview with Steven Cook

9/28 – The Spare Minute (interview about presidential debate)

9/25 – Dennik N (Slovakia) – Lajčák má šancu uspieť v OSN, najviac mu to môže prekaziť Fico

9/21 – VOA Persian – Evening News (segment on Saudi Arabia in UNGA)

9/21 – Off-the-Record, On-the-Record – Interview with Gideon Rose

9/20 – Al Jazeera – Newshour (segment on UN Reform)

9/20 – Channel News Asia – UN chief Ban addresses his last General Assembly

9/6 – Al Jazeera, Trump vs. Clinton race heats up with two months to go

8/10 – Middle East Eye, Netanyahu cost Israel billions in US arms deal, rival Lapid says

8/6 – NÉPSZABADSÁG (Hungarian Newspaper) – Compared to Donald Trump, She’s Winston Churchill

8/4 – The Spare Minute – Interview about foreign policy and the U.S. election

7/12 – The Spare Minute – Interview about Afghanistan

7/11 – CCTV – US Presidential Nominees Search for Winning VP Choice

7/8 – Channel News Asia – Trump, Clinton set to announce their running mates

7/5 – Tasnim News (Iran), A Discussion of Brexit and the European Union

7/5 – Middle East Eye – Syria’s war, post-Obama: America unrestrained?

6/28 – The Spare Minute – Interview about Brexit

5/28 – Middle East Eye – Mideast cash-for-coverage media wars in Washington

5/20 – World Policy On Air, Ep. 68: The Sky is Falling!

5/5 – Middle East Eye – Trump or Clinton: The Middle East’s rock and hard place

5/4 – Off-the-Record, On-the-Record – Interview with James Rickards

4/30  – Middle East Eye – Osama bin Laden casts long shadow, 5 years on

4/20 – Off-the-Record, On-the-Record – Interview with John Micklethwait

4/18 – The National Memo – Here’s How Trump’s Wall Would Create a Diplomatic Crisis

4/14 – NIN, Serbia’s Oldest Weekly – Profiting on Violence

4/11 – China Daily – Envoy Looks to Objective Middle East Role

3/23 – WOSU/National Public Radio – All Sides with Ann Fisher – National Security and the Presidential Election (48 min. segment)

3/22 – Middle East Eye – Donald Trump shifts towards Israel at annual AIPAC meeting

3/19 – Al Jazeera English – Trump and Clinton headline pro-Israel lobby conference

3/18 – Middle East Eye – Pro-Israel lobby in uproar over ‘neutral’ Trump

2/29 – Channel NewsAsia (Singapore) – Trump, Clinton heavy favourites going in to Super Tuesday

1/16 – CBCTV – The National – Iran honours nuclear promises, sanctions lifted


Why Kim agreed to release Otto Warmbier,” CNN, 13 June 2017.

Qatar’s isolation only makes sense in Trump’s world,” CNN, 6 June 2017.

Halting Palestinian Authority Payments to Families of Terrorists Won’t Bring Peace,” World Policy Journal (Blog), 2 June 2017.

Dealing with North Korea is not an option,” CNN, 9 May 2017

‘Smart Cookie’ or ‘Crazy Fat Kid’: Trump’s Erratic View of Kim Jong Un,” World Policy Journal (Blog), 9 May 2017

Don’t be fooled by Hamas’ rebranding,” CNN, 5 May 2017

The North Korea thorn in Trump’s side,” CNN. 5 April 2017.

The US might have a new North Korea policy,” CNN. 17 March 2017.

Trump’s actions as president are remarkably consistent with his infamous campaign kickoff speech,” Mic. 8 March 2017.

South China Sea dispute: How China is testing the waters of a Trump presidency,” Mic. February 22, 2017.

New Iran sanctions: Will they actually make a difference in US-Iran relations?Mic. February 7 2017.

Embassy move would be bad for the US,” South Coast Today. 30 January 2017

‘America First’ makes America last,” CNN. 22 December 2016

The Sky Fell,” World Policy Journal (Blog). 10 November 2016.

Why Was a Western European Man Selected for Secretary-General?” World Policy Journal (Blog). 12 October 2016.

There’s No Escaping the U.S. Election,” MUN: Planet. 26 August 2016.

Why Clinton foreign policy won’t be Obama 2.0” CNN. 27 July 2016.

The JCPOA Matters Less Than You Think,” World Policy Journal (Blog). 14 July 2016.

Summer 2016 in World Politics – What to Look For?” MUN: Planet. 8 July 2016.

Brexit: Should They Stay or Should They Go?” CNN. 21 June 2016.

Nuclear Proliferation: Fantasy and Reality,” MUN: Planet. 20 May 2016.

The Sky is Falling!” World Policy Journal (Blog). 11 May 2016.

Russia Withdraws from Syria and Surprises Everyone Again,” MUN: Planet. 18 March 2016.

It’s Time to Make Sense of the U.S. Election,” MUN: Planet. 29 January 2016.

Rethinking the Iran Deal,” World Policy Journal (Blog). 8 January 2016.

Escalation in the Persian Gulf,” World Policy Journal (Blog). 6 January 2016.

Selecting the Next Secretary-General: From Custom to Law,” World Policy Journal (Blog). 20 November 2015.

The Squandering of American Credibility,” MUN: Planet. 20 November 2015.

How (Not) to Approach UNSC Veto Reform,” World Policy Journal (Blog). 4 November 2015.

What If Not Every International Problem Has a Solution?,” MUN: Planet. 16 October 2015.

Four Levels of International Law – Great Powers, Middle Powers, No-Powers (and the United States),” MUN: Planet. 25 September 2015.

Don’t Reform the United Nations Security Council!” World Policy Journal (Blog). 21 September 2015.

Shattered Norms, Russian Actions in Ukraine, and the Persistence of Realism,” MUN:Planet. 14 August 2015.

The Taliban after Mullah Omar,” World Policy Journal (Blog). 4 August 2015.

Iran Deal: The Best of Bad Options,” World Policy Journal (Blog). 16 July 2015.

Iran and the United States will Violate an Agreement.  And that’s not a bad thing,” MUN: Planet. 10 July 2015.


“Iranian Foreign Policy after ‘The Deal,’” World Affairs Forum, Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT, 2 November 2016.

“U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: What Should It Be?” Fordham University, 21 April 2016

“The Media and Perceptions of Foreign Policy Differences in the 2016 US Presidential Election,” via Skype, University of Macedonia (Greece), 5 December 2015

“Tension between the Executive and Legislative Branches in US Foreign Policy,” Study of the United States Institute-US Foreign Policy, US State Department, 29-30 June 2015

“Coups, Cadavers, and Catastrophes: The Persian Gulf in the New Year,” Preston Theatre, Bard College, 3 March 2015

“Conflict in the Age of ISIS,” Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, 11 November 2014

“After Ahmadinejad: US-Iran Relations under the New Regime,” Ursinus College (community event), Collegeville, PA, June 19, 2013

“Ahmadinejad’s Legacy and the Future of US-Iranian Relations,” University of Western Kentucky, Bowling Green, KY, April 16, 2013

“Iran, Public Diplomacy, and the United States,” Connecticut College, New London, CT, November 28, 2012

“The ‘War on Terror’ and the Post-Westphalian International Order,” United States Military Academy, West Point, March 7, 2012

“REVOLUTION! Democracy vs. Stability in the Middle East,” Morehouse College, Atlanta, February 28, 2011

“The Prospects for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY, November 8, 2010


“Global Security Challenges for the New Administration,” U.S. State Department Conference on “Combating International Crime through Global Cooperation,” May 4, 2016

“Challenges in the Middle East,” International Security Studies Section Annual Conference, Springfield, MA, October 10, 2015

“The Space Between: Closing the Gap Between Civilian and Military Educational Communities,”  International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 29, 2014

“Christian Realism in the White House? An Assessment of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Influence on Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy,” International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, April 4, 2013

“Seeking the Sources of Turkish Foreign Policy,” International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, April 3, 2013

“Pop Culture Narratives in World Politics,” International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, April 3, 2012

“Evolving Conceptions of Statehood, Sovereignty, and Recognition,” International Studies Association Annual Convention, Montreal, February 18, 2011

“’They’re Just Like Us!’: Civilian/Military Collaboration in the IR Classroom,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, New York City, February 15, 2009