The United States and Cuba: Intimate Enemies

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 14, 2010 - Political Science - 208 pages
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A great power and a weaker, rival neighbor can eventually have normal relations. Prior to 1959, Cuba and the United States didn’t have a mutually beneficial and respectful relationship, and amid the Cold War, Cuba’s alliance with the Soviet Union made U.S.-Cuba normality even more elusive. What the United States and Cuba now face is relating to each other as normally as possible, a task made all the more difficult by the shadow of the Cold War. After 1989, regime change returned to the heart of U.S.-Cuba policy, a major obstacle for Washington-Havana dialogue. In turn, Cuban leaders have generally shirked their responsibility to do their part to ease the fifty-year enmity with the United States.

This book systematically covers the background of U.S.-Cuban relations after the Cold War and explores tensions that extend into the twenty-first century. The author explores the future of this strained relationship under Obama's presidency and in a post-Castro Cuba.

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Marifeli Perez-Stable is professor of sociology at Florida International University and vice and non-resident senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue. She writes a regular column on Latin America in the Miami Herald and her opinion pieces have appeared in a broad range of U.S. and Latin American outlets. She is the author of The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy (2nd edn.) and the editor of Looking Forward: Comparative Perspectives on Cuba's Transition. In 2001-2003, she chaired the task force on Memory, Truth, and Justice which issued the report Cuban National Reconciliation.

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