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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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Reagan and Bush

Reagan and Bush

Diplomatic Necessity

(p.225) 6. Reagan and Bush
Back Channel To Cuba

William M. LeoGrande

Peter Kornbluh

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter charts the state of U.S.-Cuban relations during the Reagan and Bush administrations. Ronald Reagan entered the Oval Office in 1981 considering whether to invade Cuba, but by the time he left eight years later, his administration had negotiated major agreements on migration and southern Africa. The strange odyssey of Reagan’s Cuba policy resulted not from a change of heart but from the recognition that the United States and Cuba had mutual interests that could only be advanced by cooperation—even in the midst of ongoing hostility. By the time Reagan’s successor, George H. W. Bush took office, however, the crisis of European communism had changed the international landscape dramatically. The collapse of the Soviet Union left Cuba vulnerable, reviving dreams in Washington that had lain dormant since the 1960s—dreams of rolling back the Cuban revolution.

Keywords:   Reagan administration, Bush administration, Cuba policy, Soviet Union, Cuban revolution, mutual interests, European communism

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