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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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Nixon and Ford

Nixon and Ford

Kissinger's Caribbean Détente

(p.119) 4. Nixon and Ford
Back Channel to Cuba

William M. LeoGrande

Peter Kornbluh

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter analyzes US-Cuban relations under the Nixon and Ford administrations. It details Henry Kissinger's efforts to initiate contact with Cuba; Nixon's hard line towards Cuba; and Ford's policy on Cuba's involvement in Angola. By the end of the Ford administration, relations with Cuba had regressed into the dark, mutual hostility that had characterized them since the early 1960s. For all its efforts, the Kissinger initiative had produced no real narrowing of the deep chasm between Washington and Havana.

Keywords:   US-Cuban relations, Henry Kissinger, Cuba policy, Angola, diplomacy, foreign relations, foreign policy

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