Is Obama Acting Pragmatically in the Alan Gross Case?

Is Obama Acting Pragmatically in the Alan Gross Case?

Whether American diplomats realize it or not, the Obama Administration’s fixation on Cuba’s unilateral release of Gross is making US policy looks amateurish. Even if Washington considers it unreasonable for Cuba to link Gross to the five Cuban agents arrested in Florida, it makes no sense to put on hold constructive proposals for better relations in other areas. Obama’s legacy in the hemisphere will suffer if he wastes his second term flexibility to improve US-Cuba relations because of unrealistic expectations. Incidentally, the probability of releasing Gross will improve as general relations do.

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Cuba y John Kerry: la analogía vietnamita

Pocas experiencias han formado más el carácter y la visión del senador Kerry sobre política exterior que su relación con Vietnam. Como lo ilustra el artículo Open Cuba to U.S travelers, que escribió en el 2009 para el Tampa Bay Times, esa experiencia ha jugado un papel positivo en las posiciones del senador a favor de mejores relaciones con Cuba, desde la defensa de los intereses y valores democráticos estadounidenses.

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Scholar Advocates for Increased Academic Partnership Between U.S. and Cuba

The policy changes of January 2011 are just the beginning of an urgently needed reversal of Washington's policy of isolation against Cuba. All travel controls, outside obvious national security areas, are a relic of the Cold War and an infringement of Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is as valid for Cuba as it is for the U.S. Different from the Helsinki process in Europe, when the U.S. built bridges for a flow of people and ideas across countries, Washington has insisted on adding its own walls to those erected by Cuban communists.

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