FROM THE DECEMBER 18, 2014 ISSUE
What Will the Changes to US-Cuba Policy Bring?
U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro on
Wednesday announced their intentions to re-establish diplomatic
relations, severed a half century ago, and take steps to lift
restrictions on travel, commerce and the free flow of information. The
breakthrough coincided with Cuba's release of imprisoned U.S. government
contractor Alan Gross and a U.S. intelligence source, as well as the
release of three Cuban intelligence agents who had been imprisoned in
the United States. What are the ramifications of the release of Gross
and the other U.S. and Cuban prisoners? What are the most significant
parts of the policy changes announced Wednesday? How could businesses be
affected? Are the changes a step in the right direction?
Peter Hakim, member of the Advisor board and president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue: "President Obama has completely inverted U.S. policy on Cuba. His speech fully adopted the proposals of those who have spent a half century arguing for a rethinking of Cuba policy. The president made a 180 degree conceptual turn. Rather than continuing its quarantine of Cuba, Washington is seeking more ..." MORE
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