Jennifer McCoy, Director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center, and Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University, is available to speak about the shift in U.S.-Cuban relations announced with the release of American contractor Alan Gross from Cuban prison today.

McCoy accompanied former President Carter to Cuba in 2011 and has followed closely the situation of Alan Gross as well as U.S.–Cuba relations since his imprisonment in 2009.

She has performed extensive election monitoring in Latin America and the United States, along with mediation in political conflicts in Latin America.McCoy specializes in democratic transitions and blacksliding, crisis prevention and conflict resolution, along with electoral processes including electronic voting and international election monitoring.

To read some of McCoy's recent articles in international media, please visit