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Back Channel to CubaThe Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana$
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William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617633

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617633.001.0001

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Intimate Adversaries, Possible Friends

Intimate Adversaries, Possible Friends

(p.402) 10. Intimate Adversaries, Possible Friends
Back Channel to Cuba

William M. LeoGrande

Peter Kornbluh

University of North Carolina Press

A rich vein of mutual concerns, shared culture, and common humanity lie beneath the complex knot of conflict between Cuba and the United States. However, the two nations remain stuck in a relationship of hostility that is both a relic of the Cold War and an impediment to the national interests of both. This chapter examines the reasons behind the lack of progress toward improving relations after half a century. It also identifies ten lessons from past dialogues that can guide future ones. The history of dialogue between Cuba and the United States since 1959 demonstrates that it is not only possible to replace sterile hostility with reconciliation but preferable for the national and international interests of both nations.

Keywords:   US-Cuban relations, foreign relations, foreign policy, diplomacy, Cuba policy

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