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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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A New Beginning

(p.368) 9. Obama
Back Channel To Cuba

William M. LeoGrande

Peter Kornbluh

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines how Obama changed the domestic political dynamics of U.S.-Cuban relations, making new thinking about Cuba politically feasible. Obama promised to end restrictions on remittances and family travel for Cuban Americans, resume “people-to-people” educational and cultural exchanges, and engage Cuba in talks on issues of mutual interest. Engagement, he argued, offered the best hope for promoting “a democratic opening in Cuba,” which would be “the foremost objective of our policy.” As the new president took the oath of office, conditions for a rapprochement between Cuba and the United States appeared more propitious than at any time in a half century.

Keywords:   Obama administration, domestic political dynamics, rapprochement, engagement with Cuba, Cuba policy

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