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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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Kennedy

Kennedy

The Secret Search for Accommodation

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(p.42) 2. Kennedy
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Back Channel to Cuba
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William M. LeoGrande

Peter Kornbluh

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617633.003.0003

This chapter analyzes US-Cuban relations under the Kennedy administration. Amid economic destabilization, covert operations, and assassination plots, the Kennedy administration secretly but actively began to pursue what classified National Security Council (NSC) and CIA records referred to as “the rapprochement track” with Cuba. To a policy built upon “overt and covert nastiness,” as one top secret White House memorandum characterized US operations, Kennedy's aides cautiously added “the sweet approach”—the possibility of “quietly enticing Castro over to us”.

Keywords:   US-Cuban relations, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, diplomacy, foreign relations, foreign policy, rapprochement, Cuba policy

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