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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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The Secret Search for Accommodation

(p.42) 2. Kennedy
Back Channel To Cuba

William M. LeoGrande

Peter Kornbluh

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how the Kennedy administration secretly explored the alternative of accommodation in dealing with Cuba, despite the administration’s otherwise infamously aggressive actions against the country. Given that more aggressive options proved unequal to the task of ousting Castro, and the missile crisis dramatically demonstrated the dangers of hostility, the more civil option of trying to domesticate him through dialogue gained adherents—including the president himself. 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.

Keywords:   Kennedy administration, the rapprochement track, Fidel Castro, missile crisis, Cuban hostilities, accommodation

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