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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: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469626604

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626604.001.0001

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Patience and Forbearance

(p.6) 1. Eisenhower
Back Channel To Cuba

William M. LeoGrande

Peter Kornbluh

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter chronicles Washington’s dealings with Cuba during the Eisenhower administration, in particular the diplomatic attempts to bridge the gap between the two countries. It documents the political friction underlying the U.S.-Cuba relationship as well as the series of events that would culminate in an official breach of relations in 1961. This breach would leave Cuba and the United States in a state of undeclared war, with little means or inclination on either side to address their differences. The chapter shows how Cold War confrontations, Havana’s revolutionary ideology, and Washington’s hegemonic arrogance had all conspired against attempts to bridge the deep divide between the two countries.

Keywords:   Eisenhower administration, Washington, Cold War, revolutionary ideology, diplomacy

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