Andrés Martinez is the director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program at the New America Foundation. Previously, he was editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times. He has also served as assistant editorial page editor at The New York Times. He is the author of 2 4/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down in the New Las Vegas.

Drug cartels, earthquakes—and now a possible pandemic. But worst casualty in all this, Andres Martinez says, might be Mexico's public perception.

Easing restrictions was a decent first step, says Andrés Martinez, but to make a difference in Cuba, the president must end the embargo and unite Latin America against the Castros.