Cuba: Transforming a Revolution. YaleGlobal. Patricia Alejandro. July 23, 2015.
The United States and Cuba are reopening their respective embassies and preparing for more exchanges in diplomacy and trade. “Cubans and Americans are equally curious about exploring the other side since December when President Barack Obama and Raúl Castro made the surprise announcement on restoration of full diplomatic relations between the two countries,” writes Patricia Alejandro. “Both sides concede the process will be gradual, yet changes in leadership that paved the way for rapprochement are inevitable – Obama leaves office in January 2017, and Castro, now 84, announced intentions to retire in 2018.” The Cuban-American community could help boost ties between the two countries. The Cuban government is wary about foreign investment, and the United States will press for improved human rights. Cubans are eager for an end to the U.S. embargo, along with new electronics, cars and internet service, while US tourists are nostalgic for the Cuba of the early 20th century. Economic imbalances and challenges to normalize relations are many, but there’s likely no going back. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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